Josh Turner burst onto the scene with his Hank Williams styles music, wearing black like Johnny Cash, and singing with a voice much deeper than any young fella should have any right to. Members of the Grand Ole Opry knew he was a star as soon as they heard him but, more than that, they saw his heart for country music. Ten years ago, they surprised Turner with an invitation to join their family. Ever since he has been a proud ambassador of the history, heritage, and tradition of country music.
But let’s be honest, they also needed someone to balance Vince Gill’s high register voice. “We need a guy who sings low because I sing like a woman,” Gill joked when he inducted Turner as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2007.
“Country music has always been a huge part of my life and I’ve always been willing and able to fight for it,” Turner said in his induction.
In the ten years since his induction, Turner has been an inspiration to young artists but has been relatively quiet. His most recent album, Deep South, is his first album since his 2012 release Punching Bag.
“It was really important for me to expand creatively and explore in new ways for this record,” he said about his new music. “The way I pick songs is different now. There are so many things in my life and career that have matured me as an artist” He added, “I’ve had another child since my last project!”
Even though he has been absent from the new music charts, Turner has been present at the Opry.
“This whole family has been so gracious to me. They’ve always made me feel right at home. I hope I can be half that to these younger artists that are getting inducted.”
“As far as the next milestone, I hope I can go another ten years,” he said with a laugh.
We can’t wait.