Everything Is Fine

Everything Is Fine

by Josh TurnerJosh Turner


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Those who judge Josh Turner's outstanding third album on the basis of its simplistic, trifling lead hit single, "Firecracker," are in for a surprise when they dig into the whole thing. Writing or co-writing seven of the 12 cuts here, Turner shows he has a handle on deeper, more nuanced feelings than "Firecracker" offers, and he brings them to vivid life with his expressive, rumbling bass voice. Sticking to a basic band accompaniment -- acoustic and electric guitars, pedal steel, fiddle, dobro, propulsive rhythm section -- supplemented here and there by acoustic and electric keyboards, synthesized strings and expressive backup choruses, Turner's unaffected singing is showcased to maximum emotional impact. This is especially true on the yearning ballad, "Another Try," rich in strings and enhanced by Trisha Yearwood's incandescent harmonizing; and more so on the ambitious, five-minute mini-epic, "The Longer The Waiting (The Sweeter The Kiss)," a love letter from a sailor making his final voyage and appealing to his lover to wait for his return. In a voice by turns strong and determined and soft and pleading, Turner appeals his case in plaintive tones and terms; behind him, the arrangement surges and recedes, like waves on his mythical ocean, its moody atmosphere defined by a guitar twanging as lonely and desolate as Phil Upchurch's in Dee Clark's "Raindrops," and the distant, haunting sound of whistling. But he has plenty of fun when he kicks out the jams too, most notably on the bruising barnburner, "Trailerhood," which extols the laid-back virtues of mobile home life and gains added sizzle from a lively set-to between Brent Rowan's sputtering electric guitar and Steve Hinson's serpentine steel guitar exhortations. Everything Is Fine is country like it oughta be.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2007
Label: Mca Nashville
UPC: 0602517328112
catalogNumber: 000890402
Rank: 57486

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Josh Turner   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion,Strings
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Jay Dawson   Bagpipes
Shannon Forrest   Drums
John Gardner   Drums
Kevin Grantt   Bass Guitar,Upright Bass
Steve Hinson   Dobro,Steel Guitar
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar,Hi String
Liana Manis   Background Vocals
Gordon Mote   Piano,Hammond Organ,Clavinet,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Brent Rowan   Electric Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric),Guitar (Baritone)
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson   Harmonica
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,national steel guitar
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Mike Johnson   Dobro

Technical Credits

Johnny Horton   Composer
Pat McLaughlin   Composer
Shawn Camp   Composer
Neal Cappellino   overdub engineer
Mark Tucker   Cover Photo
Drew Bollman   overdub engineer
Tillman Franks   Composer
Anthony Hamilton   Composer,Duet
Josh Turner   Composer,Art Direction,Duet
Richard Barrow   Engineer,overdub engineer
Phillip Lammonds   Composer
Frank Rogers   Producer,Audio Production
Jeremy Spillman   Composer
Chris Stapleton   Composer

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