(Photo Credit: Tammie Ball)
When you know Josh Turner is the headliner, you make your way to the fair early. There is going to be a lot of traffic. And, there are going to be a lot of fans in the stands. One thing fans all know about Josh is that wherever he goes, he is going to put on a show they will long remember. For nearly a quarter of a century we’ve been listening to Josh Turner and watching him perform.
It might be easy to think that an artist who has been on stage as long as Josh has might be getting a bit stale – A little repetitive. But, that is definitely not the case with Josh Truner. You sit in your seats with your eyes on the stage and your ears tuned in, while anxiously waiting to hear the songs you’ve heard a million times. To see him performing them live is something all Josh Turner fans should get to experience. His show seems to transport the audience through his 20+ years of music history.
Josh isn’t on that stage alone. He has a lot of people up ther helping him out. A group of very talented musicians, really add to the show with their interaction with Josh. Those people are T.J., drums; Paul, banjo and guitar; Austin, electric guitar; Tyler, dobro; and Shawn, fiddle and Mandolin. I need to thank Noah Wiley, who not only handled the merch table, but was kind enough to provide me with those band member names. One thing I don’t do well is write fast enough to get all the names down when the artist introduces them from the stage. I can usually find someone to help me out with that. Thanks to Noah for the ID’s.
WXBQ was on hand, as they are every night of the Appalachian Fair. This award-winning radio station, along with hit’s award-winning on-air personalities, has been a long time supporter ofo the Appalachian Fair. Bringing Josh out tonight was our WXBQ Rabbit, afternoon deejay, Marcus Brooks, and one of our Morning Air Show host, Ben Walker.
While we can look forward to our radio friends every night of the fair, the sponsors for the main stage change each night. For Josh, it was Precision Electrical. We love all of the sponsors. Precision was handing out bright orange kooziies.
The set list for his Friday, Aug. 26 show in Gray, probably wouldn’t surprise any of his long-time fans. He opened his show with “Hometown Girl”, which reminds me to tell you something else. Josh has the nicest Hometown Girl necklace available at his merch table. It you aren’t going to a show soon, the necklace is also available online!
Back to the show – “Firecracker” was next. He followed that one with “Deep South”. Josh is one of our artists who stops now and then to carry on a little on-stage conversation with his audience. That is always a treat. You never know what you are going to hear from our country stars. “Me and God” is a long time favorite of mine, and it was evident I wasn’t the only one. Everyone was singing along to “I Saw the Light”, as well.
He sang many of his hits – “Would You Go”, “Time is Love”, “Why Don’t We Just Dance” … and of course, he wrapped things up with “Long Black Train”. That’s one song none of us will ever get tired of hearing.
The show was great. He worked hard in that 90 degree weather. But, we were fortunate – none of our shows got rained out. The skies did open up and the lightning flashed when we were all on our way home that night. But we didn’t get wet. Where Josh is concerned, believe I would have been sitting there even if we were getting rained on.
I have had some major camera issues this week. Most of the photos you are seeing in this post are from Cammie Ball and Brittany Johnson. They are long time Country’s Chatter readers and photo contributors. Can’t thank them enough for coming to the rescue.
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