KNOXVILLE — One of country music’s most recognizable voices will be heading to the Knox County Fair on July 14.
Josh Turnerwhich has sold over 8.5 million units and amassed over 2.5 billion online streams, will headline the evening with multi-platinum and three-time Grammy-nominated Joe Nichols.
The concert will take place at the Knox County Fairgrounds in Knoxville. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the show will begin at 7 p.m. Grandstand tickets and track tickets are on sale now at www.KnoxFair.com.
Turner, though a multi-platinum star himself, is first and foremost a fan of country music. He even concocted his own version of Mount Rushmore designed solely from country music legends. Turner’s “Mount Rushmore of Country Music” has five faces instead of four (it’s his mountain, after all) – Randy Travis, John Anderson, Johnny Cash, Vern Gosdin and Hank Williams.
The stone-carved giants of Turner’s musical soul form the heart of his aptly titled new album, “Country State of Mind.” “I’ve always said any song you hear coming from my voice, you’re going to hear songs from these five guys,” he says. “They taught me to be Josh Turner.”
The dozen songs on “Country State of Mind,” including songs from these five legends and others, span more than half a century of classic country music, encompassing both well-known standards and deep catalog cuts. . The album shows a singer in dialogue with the songs and artists who shaped his vision. It’s a conversation – relayed by the distinctive, resonant baritone that brought Turner #1 hits and five gold and platinum albums – between country music’s past and present. And on half the tracks, Turner invites other voices – heroes, contemporaries – to join him in conversation.
Nichols has been a mainstay in country music for two decades, bridging the gap between the genre’s old-school roots and the contemporary era. He’s a 21st century traditionalist – an artist who is both timely and timeless, racking up half a dozen number 1 singles and ten Top 10 hits with a sound that honors his heroes. From his first radio hit, 2002’s “The Impossible,” to 2021’s Home Run, Nichols has done things his way, blurring the lines between country music’s past and present along the way.
It’s an approach that has earned Nichols multi-platinum success, three Grammy nominations, a CMA award, an ACM trophy and, perhaps most importantly, the support of his idols.