When Josh Turner takes the grandstand stage Saturday night at The Great Frederick Fair, he promises it will be a great show and you’ll hear songs you know and a few new songs as his sixth studio album is in the works. The first single from the album is “Lay Low.”
The music video for “Lay Low,” shows a young couple escaping to a cabin in the woods. Though he did not write the song the message was one he could relate to.
“I have a cabin in South Carolina where we like to go out in the woods leaving everything behind, cellphones, electronic devices and everything we can connect to … turn it off and get away from it.” “Spend a few days together alone and just lay low,” he sings.
The singer/songwriter’s slew of hits include his first No. 1 “Long’ Black Train,” “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Firecracker,” “Would You Go With Me” and “Time is Love,” the most played country song of 2012.
“Beach Bums,” a song from the new album, is one he’s been playing in live shows. It showcases Turner’s signature baritone voice as he sings about hanging out on the riverbank being “beach bums … we don’t need palm trees ‘cause that’s a matter of style.”
“It’s one of the very few songs I’ve written while I’m on the road. We were in rural Indiana,” he said, noting that usually there are “too many distractions on the road and that’s not conducive to writing.”
“Wonder” is a bittersweet love story about a guy who is thinking about his ex, wondering what life would be if they were still together ... would they be happy, would sparks fly if they saw each other again. Turner wrote the song but he said it is vocally challenging for him, so he doesn’t include it in every live set.
Turner is the father of four boys, ranging from ages 1 to 8 and named Samuel, Marion, Colby and Hampton. His wife, Jennifer, sings and performs with the band, and is playing a few shows again since the birth of Samuel last September.
He is also the author of “Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood,” released in 2014. In it, Turner shares stories and his faith.
“The book was an opportunity for me say to some things I haven’t been able to in a show or interview about who and what I am and why I do what I do,” he said, and to honor those who have been influential in his life and faith.
In addition to being a family man, a devoted Christian, a passionate sports fan, he is also a philanthropist. He and his wife founded the Josh Turner Scholarship Fund to assist students interested in pursuing a future in music and arts.
Turner takes the grandstand stage 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $38 reserved grandstand and $43 reserved track seating. For tickets, call the fair box office at 301-695-3928 or visit www.thegreatfrederickfair.com.