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."