Josh Turner will release his fifth studio album, Punching Page, on June 12. The lead single, “Time Is Love,” is currently in the Top 20 on the Country Billboard chart and rising. Josh co-wrote eight of the 11 tracks on the project, many of which he penned at his newly built cabin on his property that serves as his personal getaway and songwriter’s den.
“I spent two years building my writer’s cottage,” Josh said. “Once it was finished I was immediately in there writing songs. In total, I’ve written 27 songs in there and eight of those ended up on the record. 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!’”
Josh wrote the album’s title track, “Punching Bag,” at the cabin with longtime friend and songwriter Pat McLaughlin. He was venting to his wife about a day gone awry when inspiration for the track hit him.
“The idea comes from one of those days that we all have, where everything just blows up in your face and nothing goes right,” he told The Boot. “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. 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.”
Josh is currently headlining tour dates sponsored by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store in support of Punching Bag. To view tour dates, purchase tickets, and for more information on Josh, visit www.JoshTurner.com.