HAYWIRE AT THE FAIR
As Josh Turner sings in his song “All Over Me,” – “Well the weather man said it’s gonna be a hot one, heard it on the radio…” it was indeed blisteringly hot on Wednesday, September 1, at the Shenandoah County Fair in Woodstock, VA where Josh brought his “Haywire” Tour. Lots of folks were overcome by the 95+ degree heat (myself included) and I’d like to personally thank the Woodstock Fire and Rescue department for their prompt assistance. All I can say is when it’s extremely hot and sunny outside be sure to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate if you’re gonna be out there in it!
Aside from the heat, the concert was most enjoyable. Josh sang a mixture of old and new songs in that deep, rich baritone voice of his that sets him apart from anyone else. Familiar songs like “Everything is Fine,” “Firecracker,” “Would You Go With Me,” “Long Black Train,” “Me and God,” plus songs from his new album: “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “As Fast As I Could,” “I Wouldn’t Be A Man,” “Eye Candy,” “All Over Me,” “Haywire,” and “The Answer.” It’s refreshing to hear an artist whose songs consistently reflect his convictions on family values, love and faith.
Josh introduced his wife, Jennifer, who plays keyboard with the band and is currently pregnant with their third son. I noticed the two of them exchanging eye contact and smiling at each other during the concert. It was sweet to see.
The crowd was very receptive to all the songs Josh played but it seemed to me that his spiritually based songs got the most enthusiastic response. Josh was warmly embraced in this rural area and he appeared to be grateful for it as well as humbled by it when acknowledging the standing ovations, frequent cheers and applause.
Photos of Josh Turner at Sheandoah Co. Fair by CWalker
Published: Star Exponent