CD Review

Joe O'Gara

Your Man

Josh Turner

MCA Nashville

The second CD from Josh Turner, whose baritone voice has been compared to George Jones and Johnny Cash, should help him strengthen his own identity: a young man who uses his distinctive vocal talents not as a novelty, but as a true voice.

The title track is a playful love song that should be a favorite with couples who like to slow dance to country ballads. The surrealistic "Loretta Lynn's Lincoln" is a funny tune about an aspiring musician's "dream ride."

"White Noise," a song Turner co-wrote and recorded with John Anderson, describes how people enjoy country music and the small town lifestyle, but points out that "It ain't a thing 'bout black and white. It's Johnny Cash and Charley Pride."

Turner pays homage to his gospel influences with the soulful "Me and God." One of Turner's idols, bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley, shares vocal duties on this song with him, as does Marty Roe, Dana Williams and Gene Johnson of Diamond Rio.

The final cut on the CD, "Way Down South," includes the line "Way on down" that mirrors J.D. Sumner's version of the line on Elvis Presley's "Way Down."

With Your Man, Turner has an album that should do as well on the charts as his first release, Long Black Train, if not better.


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