Josh Turner, New Album 'Punching Bag' Proves He's a Lover and a Fighter
No one delivers a love song quite like Josh Turner. Whether that's because of his rich, deep voice or the admirable family-man values that transcend his lyrics, it's hard to decide. The southern gentleman is currently climbing the charts with "Time Is Love," the lead single from his first album in two years, Punching Bag, due out this summer. The Boot sat down with the blue-eyed crooner to chat about the new tune, why he never had a chance at a basketball career and what's up with the new album's not-so-loving title.
"Time Is Love" is one of the few songs on the new album that you didn't write. What drew you to it?
I first heard it in a pitch meeting at my label, and I want to say it was the first or second song I heard, and, obviously, I knew that it was [songwriter] Mark Nesler singing it, and that's always a good sign. He and Tony Martin have a way of creating magic, because they have such a groove. They write once a week together and have it down to an art and a science. They brought Tom Shapiro in on this one, and Tony had had this idea laying around for quite a while. Then they finally came together on this one particular day and finished it out.
From the very first listen, I knew that it had all the ingredients of a hit song. It had a message that I have been wanting to say for a long time. I hear people talking about 'quality time' all the time, and this is more about quantity time. It's more about spending the right amount of time with the ones you love or the ones you're trying to strengthen a relationship with. That's the key to true love -- spending enough time with a person to really know who they are and what they're about.
It's also a clever play on 'time is money,' which