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Josh Turner partners with Cracker Barrel for tour, live CD

Sunday, April 8, 2007 – Josh Turner is partnering with Cracker Barrel to sponsor his summer tour and release a live CD of a concert he will give at the Ryman April 19. The concert will be Turner's first full-length show at the Ryman and kick off the company's tour sponsorship of Turner.

"I'm excited to be taking Cracker Barrel on the road with me this year," said Turner. "The band and I never get tired of seeing a Cracker Barrel sign off the side of the interstate. When you're on the road, it's nice to know that you can pull into any Cracker Barrel and feel like you're in your mama's kitchen, waiting on your favorite meal. I am pretty sure my band and I have all the Cracker Barrel exits memorized between here and South Carolina."

Prior to the tour sponsorship and CD deal, Turner was the "voice" of Cracker Barrel's Christmas holiday advertising campaign. The commercials aired on radio stations throughout the United States.

"Josh Turner seems right at home at Cracker Barrel," said Simon Turner, Chief Marketing Officer at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. "Our guests enjoy country music and Josh has a voice and style that connect generations of country music fans. We believe this live CD will be an excellent addition to our exclusive line of music."

Other concert stops include Wabash, Ind.; Louisville, Ky.; Nashville, Richland Center, Wisc.; Montgomery, Ala. and Columbia, S.C.

During the Ryman show, Turner will sing his hits and personal favorites that have not appeared on any of his previous releases.

"I am looking forward to working with Cracker Barrel on my first live album that will be recorded at the historic Ryman Auditorium," said Turner. "This is definitely going to be one of the most memorable nights of my career. It's gonna be fun."

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