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Josh Turner invited to join Grand Ole Opry

Saturday, September 29, 2007 – Josh Turner was invited to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry Saturday. Turner will be formally inducted into the Opry family by Vince Gill on Oct. 27.

During "Opry Live," Turner presented Roy Clark with a plaque commemorating his years in music, marriage and also 20 years as a Grand Ole Opry member. After accepting, Clark noticed an envelope attached to the back of the plaque. He opened it and found a formal invitation enclosed and read it aloud.

"Well, actually this is for you, Josh," said Clark. "It reads - how would you like to formally become a member of the Grand Ole Opry?"

After taking a moment to regain his composure and give Clark a hug, Turner said, "I made my Opry debut back in 2001. I never knew this could happen so early. And if this is an invitation, I say yes."

Turner's Dec. 21, 2001 Opry debut was done before he even had a song released to country radio. He earned a standing ovation for the song that would become his breakthrough hit, "Long Black Train," during the performance of the song and a second standing ovation following an encore.

"It is with great enthusiasm that we invite Josh to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry," said Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager. What began as a magical moment with his debut performance...has grown into a very special relationship with the Opry and the rest of its membership. We look forward to Oct. 27th when Opry member Vince Gill will formally welcome him into our family."

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They're called "overtones" or pleasing harmonic notes that neatly accompany a main melody. People gifted with them - Josh Turner, for example - essentially have more than one great singing voice in one body. Outfitted with overtones, a good vocalist - Josh Tuner, for example - can accentuate the emotion of a song, each note an opportunity to go a step higher or lower. It's that rare combination of talents that earned Turner a 2007 invitation to the Grand Ole Opry at the »»»
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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Cantrell continues to satisfy – Laura Cantrell may never be a country star. Not at this stage of her career when she's 50, touring here and there and releasing new music every few years or so. But five albums in, Cantrell continues as a warm, enjoyable and worthy purveyor of her brand of country. That would mean going towards a more traditional side, not rushing the songs... »»»
Concert Review: Not only is Turner traditional, he's popular – Every time Josh Turner reached for some of those wonderful subterranean low notes, which he often pulled out during his enjoyable night show, it was like a superhero applying a superpower. He didn't need this extra advantage to please his audience; he has so many quality songs stockpiled in his catalogue already doing the job.... »»»
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