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From the outset of his career, Josh Turner styled himself as a country traditionalist. His deep, resonant bass voice recalled a supple Johnny Cash and his first hit, 2003's sober and steady "Long Black Train," was written in tribute to Hank Williams. Turner would wind up incorporating sly elements of modern country music -- "Time Is Love," one of the biggest country hits of 2012, shimmered with a gloss designed for adult contemporary crossovers and "Why Don't We Just Dance" was clearly set in the modern world -- but he never chased trends, which made him seem like a preservationist in the eras of arena and bro-country. While Turner was never the biggest star in country, his steadfast embrace of the music's core values meant that he was a constant presence for nearly two decades, landing his first number one single in 2005 with "Your Man," and still able to reach the upper echelons of the charts as late as 2016, when "Hometown Girl" peaked at number two on Billboard's Country Airplay. Raised in Hannah, South Carolina, Josh Turner started singing in church, taking the bass part in the Thankful Hearts quartet. Following his graduation from Hannah-Pamplico High School, he enrolled in Francis Marion University in nearby Florence, South Carolina. After a short spell at FMU, he decamped to Nashville, where he attended Belmont University and began to make inroads into country music, particularly after discovering Hank Williams' music through the school's library. Turner's career gained momentum after his college graduation. He worked his way to a debut at the Grand Ole Opry on December 21, 2001, where he performed "Long Black Train," an original inspired by Hank. Soon, Turner signed with MCA Nashville, who released "She'll Go on You" in 2002. That single didn't crack the Country Top 40, but "Long Black Train" broke through, peaking at 13 and eventually earning a Platinum certification. The full-length debut, also entitled Long Black Train, appeared in October 2003; it peaked at number three on Billboard's country charts -- and 39 on their Top 200 -- while generating one further modest hit in "What It Ain't." Your Man, Turner's second album, provided him with his first two number one hits when its title track reached that position in 2005, and "Would You Go with Me" following it to the pole position in 2006. Upon its January 2006 release, Turner's sophomore set debuted at number one on Billboard Country charts and number three on the Top 200; it was certified Platinum within six months. Just as significantly, Your Man contained "Me and God," a duet with Ralph Stanley that marked Turner's first explicit articulation of his Christian faith; it peaked at 16 on Billboard's Country charts, but also received Christian radio play. Your Man garnered Turner Grammy nominations for Best Country Album and Best Male Country Vocal Performance and its success helped him gain an induction to the Grand Ole Opry in 2007. Turner returned in 2007 with Everything Is Fine. "Firecracker," the album's lead single, went to number two, but its Trisha Yearwood eu35, "Another Try," went no further than 15, and "Everything Is Fine" stalled at 20. "Why Don't We Just Dance," the first single from his fourth album Haywire, reversed this trajectory in 2009, reaching number one. "All Over Me" also peaked at the same position around the 2010 release of Haywire. The album also generated the number 18 single "I Wouldn't Be a Man." Turner received a mainstream boost in 2011 when Scotty McCreery proclaimed him as an idol during his run at American Idol. This helped set up the 2012 release of Punching Bag, whose lead single "Time Is Love" peaked at number two. Turner published his first book, Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood, in 2014. "Lay Low," the first taste from his sixth album, arrived in 2014, but after peaking at 25 on Country Airplay, the album was put on the backburner. Turner returned in the summer of 2016 with "Hometown Girl," which went to number two on Country Airplay, setting up the release of Deep South in March of 2017. Turner delivered on his long-standing dream to cut a gospel album in 2018. Called In Search of a Savior, the record appeared in October 2018. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  2.   Why Don't We Just Dance
  3.   Firecracker
  4.   Your Man
  5.   Hometown Girl
  6.   Time is Love
  7.   All Over Me
  8.   Long Black Train
  9.   Would You Go with Me
  10.   Another Try by Trisha Yearwood
  11.   I Wouldn't Be a Man
  12.   Everything Is Fine
  13.   Softly and Tenderly
  14.   Me and God
  15.   Eye Candy
  16.   The First Noel
  17.   All About You
  18.   Where the Girls Are
  19.   When I Paint My Masterpiece
  20.   Never Had a Reason
  21.   The Answer
  22.   The Longer the Waiting (The Sweeter the Kiss)
  23.   Deep South
  24.   Cold Shoulder
  25.   Lay Low
  26.   Lovin' You on My Mind
  27.   I Saw the Light by Sonya Isaacs
  28.   Great Is Your Faithfulness
  29.   Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  30.   You Don't Mess Around with Jim
  31.   Amazing Grace
  32.   South Carolina Low Country
  33.   Nowhere Fast by Anthony Hamilton
  34.   Just to Be Your Man by James pope
  35.   Beach Bums
  36.   Pallbearer
  37.   Your Smile
  38.   The Way He Was Raised
  39.   Soulmate
  40.   Baby, I Go Crazy
  41.   Trailerhood
  42.   So Not My Baby
  43.   Lord Have Mercy on a Country Boy
  44.   Backwoods Boy
  45.   The River (Of Happiness)
  46.   Doxology
  47.   Without Him
  48.   I Pray My Way Out Of Trouble
  49.   Hawaiian Girl
  50.   One Like Mine
  51.   Wonder
  52.   Southern Drawl
  53.   Find Me a Baby
  54.   Good Problem
  55.   Deeper Than My Love
  56.   Punching Bag
  57.   This Kind of Love
  58.   Haywire
  59.   As Fast as I Could
  60.   One Woman Man
  61.   Way Down South
  62.   Gravity
  63.   No Rush
  64.   The Difference Between a Woman and a Man
  65.   Good Woman Bad
  66.   I Had One One Time
  67.   What It Ain't
  68.   Left Hand Man
  69.   In My Dreams
  70.   How Great Thou Art by Sonya Isaacs
  71.   I Serve a Savior
  72.   Back From Gone
  73.   I Was There
  74.   For the Love of God
  75.   Whatcha Reckon
  76.   Introduction by Michael Buffer by Michael Buffer
  77.   Let's Find a Church
  78.   Friday Paycheck
  79.   Angels Fall Sometimes
  80.   Baby's Gone Home to Mama
  81.   Jacksonville
  82.   Unburn All Our Bridges
  83.   Almost Persuaded
  84.   Don't Fence Me In
  85.   White Noise
  86.   Loretta Lynn's Lincoln
  87.   She'll Go on You
  88.   I'll Be There
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