Country crooner Josh Turner to perform at Jim Thorpe’s Penn’s Peak on Friday, April 29
JIM THORPE — A bit of country and a lot of bass is headed to Penn’s Peak this weekend, where Josh Turner will take stage and serenade a nearly sold-out crowd with his crooning.
Turner is no stranger to Northeastern Pennsylvania. He performed at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts last year as well as Penn’s Peak where he fought through some physical pain.
“Unfortunately last time I was there, I pulled out my back and I was hobbling around on stage which was not fun, but the fans were very understanding and that made me feel right at home,” Turner said. “Hopefully I won’t have any injuries this time around.”
Regardless, Turner said his fans are in for a treat during his current tour. He’s got a set list filled with old favorites and new, original songs he’s written, plus a few from other writers, whose lyrics have gripped him.
“It’s been quite the journey with this album. A lot of hard work is going into it, and a lot of songs, we’re making some hard changes and I’m looking forward to doing all the finishing touches and putting it all together.”
Turner said he’s written “about 70 or 80 songs for this record” and a lot of time has been spent deciding which ones will make the final cut. Fans can expect his newest single to drop around the end of May, he said. Turner couldn’t reveal too many details about the song, but did say it’s called “Hometown Girl.”
Although the single wasn’t penned by Turner, he said when he heard it for the first time he was instantly hooked.
“I just felt like it was a really strong song melody-wise and lyrically. I think my female fanbase is going to like it,” he said. “It’s a little more contemporary than what you’re used to hearing out of me but you’ll still hear the classic Josh Turner vocals and all that kind of stuff.”
But did anyone ever question that? Turner always has his fans in the back of his mind and is quick to offer thanks for their support.
“The fans have been very loyal and very dedicated to me and my music. They’ve been with me through thick and thin so I give them a lot of credit and a lot of thanks for me being able to do this,” he said. “When I get out there on stage and I’m connecting with the crowd and they’re singing my songs back to me, it just makes me realize that I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing. That’s what I always look forward to. Just getting out there and giving the fans what they want and being able to do what I love to do most which is sing.”
When he’s not singing and touring, Turner said he makes the most of down time.
“I just try to let my hair down and be normal and spend time with my family, spend time outside. Spring time, when everything starts turning green and the flowers start blooming, is just a great time of year. I do a lot of hunting and fishing.”
Inspiration comes from those moments with his family or pursuing a hobby. Actually, inspiration comes from “anywhere and everywhere,” Turner said.
“I’m always looking for interesting title ideas and phrases and stories or experiences from my life and things that I’ve been through,” he said.” I just has to hit me in an interesting way for me to be inspired by it. It’s easy to go and write a song that’s already been done. The challenging thing is to write something that is unique and fresh and different.”
The April 29 show at Penn’s Peak starts at 8 p.m. doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are still available and can be purchased through pennspeak.com. Prices range from $37 to $42 plus additional fees.
“I think this is my third time going up there and it’s always a beautiful place to go to,” said Turner. “The fans have always been very welcoming there. I always look forward to going there.”
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IF YOU GO:
Who: Josh Turner
Where: Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
When: April 29
Time: Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m
Tickets: Can be purchased at pennspeak.com