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Turner becomes "Punching Bag" in June

Thursday, April 12, 2012 – Josh Turner is slated to release his fifth studio album, "Punching Bag," on Tuesday, June 12. The first single from the new album, Time Is Love, is in the Top 20 on the Country Billboard chart .

Turner co-wrote 8 of the 11 tracks, many penned at his newly built cabin located on his property behind his home to serve as a songwriter's den and personal getaway. The cabin is inspired by his home state of South Carolina.

"I spent two years building my writer's cottage. Once it was finished I was immediately in there," he said. "My hero and friend, John Anderson, was sitting across the table from me one day when we were writing and said, 'What will really be a great day is when the songs you write here end up paying for this place.'"

The cabin made for a great escape the day Turner had the idea for the album's title track, "Punching Bag," which he wrote with long-time friend and songwriting partner Pat McLaughlin.

"The idea comes from one of those days that we all have, where everything just blows up in your face and nothing goes right. I had just had one of those days, and I came home and was standing in the closet with my wife and I unloaded on her about my day," Turner told AOL's The Boot. "I told her, 'Sometimes I feel like a punching bag, like life is just beating me up.' When I said that, it struck me that it could be a huge song title. So I punched it into my phone and saved it. I held on to it until the right opportunity."

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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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