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The man with the biggest, most distinctive bass voice in country since Johnny Cash is back with album number three. Josh Turner scored big with the "Long Black Train" on his debut and took it over the top with the two big singles off his breakthrough sophomore album "Your Man," (the title track) and the monstrous hit "Would You Go with Me." While it's true that Turner kept producer Frank Rogers on board, along with mixing king Justin Niebank and many of the same musicians, there is still more of his actual personality on Everything Is Fine than on his previous albums put together. Interestingly, Turner has made very few concessions to the modern Nashville sound of big rolling guitars that are compressed to the point of being brittle, echo-laden drums and Hammond B-3s that all try to simulate the '70s sound of Southern rock. The opposite is true here. Turner is a country singer from the old school whose singing can be traced back through Randy Travis and George Strait to Merle Haggard, George Jones, and the great honky tonk singers. If anything, the music on Everything Is Fine is what Nashville's hit music should sound like in the 21st century. It uses the best technology has to offer in terms of clarity, but not at the expense of acoustic and electric stringed musical instruments sounding like themselves: Telecasters sound like Telecasters, pedal steel guitars sound like Sho-Bud's, banjos, mandolins, and unplugged six-strings, all come off sounding natural. But that's only the production angle. It's songs that make a record and this set is stacked with them. Turner wrote or co-wrote seven of the dozen tunes here. These include the sizzling fiddle and electric guitar stomping shuffle of "Firecracker," written with Shawn Camp (another part of the steady stable here) and Pat McLaughlin, and the banjo, steel, fiddle-drenched title number that opens the set (with Wes Hightower's backing vocals that double up the down-low basso profundo to stellar effect). It's an honest to goodness country song that is picaresque, relaxed, and feels authentic. Then there's his "only-in-country" burning, modern honky tonker "Trailerhood." There's a moving duet with Trisha Yearwood on "Another Try," written by Jeremy Spillman and Chris Stapleton. It's a love song with gorgeous dobro and fiddles that build to a crescendo of strings (countrypolitan did a lot of that once upon a time) whose sound is the only concession to the postmodern, post-country sonics of modern Music City, but, since it's a ballad, they are entirely appropriate and effective It's a destined hit. Yearwood, who is singing better in 2007 that at any time in her career (perhaps because she is unfettered by no longer being part of the "star system"), adds exponentially to this song emotionally and texturally. And Turner can write a love song: "Soulmate" is among the most direct and spare tunes in his résumé, but its natural soul and depth is refreshing and clean as well as romantic. There's also a popping cover of Johnny Horton and Tillman Franks' "One Woman Man" from way back in 1956. This is the tune that offers proof positive that Turner is a vocalist and writer who descends from the grand tradition. It's only two-and-a-half minutes long, but it rocks, rolls, and struts like a rooster in a barnyard. Everything Is Fine is the jewel in Turner's brief career so far; it's consistent, soulful, and natural. When it busts the sales field wide open (and it will), hopefully Nashville's label heads will follow A&R boss Luke Lewis' lead and let artists of this caliber make more of their own decisions.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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1
Everything Is Fine Album Version
00:03:34

Josh Turner, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Frank Rogers, Producer, Executive Producer - Wes Hightower, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Grantt, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Hank Williams, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aubrey Haynie, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Sutton, Banjo, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Shannon Forrest, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - JUstin Niebank, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Netti, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Drew Bollman, Recording Engineer, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kenzi Butler, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Darken, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Mote, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Brent Rowan, Electric Guitar, Baritone Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Terrell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Hinson, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Neal Cappellino, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Coles, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Terry, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian David Willis, Editor - RICHARD BARROW, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brady Barnett, Editor - J.C. Monterrosa, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tyler Moles, Editor

A MCA Nashville Release; ℗ 2007 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Firecracker
00:03:28

Josh Turner, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Frank Rogers, Producer, Executive Producer - Wes Hightower, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Shawn Camp, ComposerLyricist - Pat McLaughlin, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Grantt, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Hank Williams, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aubrey Haynie, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Sutton, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JUstin Niebank, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Netti, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Drew Bollman, Recording Engineer, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kenzi Butler, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Darken, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Mote, Clavichord, AssociatedPerformer - Brent Rowan, Electric Guitar, Baritone Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Terrell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Hinson, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Neal Cappellino, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Gardner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Coles, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Terry, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian David Willis, Editor - RICHARD BARROW, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brady Barnett, Editor - J.C. Monterrosa, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tyler Moles, Editor

℗ 2007 MCA Nashville, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Another Try Album Version
00:03:45

Josh Turner, MainArtist - John Hobbs, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Rogers, Producer - Chris Stapleton, ComposerLyricist - Jeremy Spillman, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Grantt, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Hank Williams, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aubrey Haynie, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Sutton, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Shannon Forrest, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - DAVID DAVIDSON, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - David Angell, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - JUstin Niebank, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Netti, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Drew Bollman, Recording Engineer, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Anthony LaMarchina, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Monisa Angell, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Kristen Wilkinson, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Pamela Sixfin, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Kenzi Butler, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Darken, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Mote, Piano, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Brent Rowan, Electric Guitar, Baritone Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Hinson, Dobro, AssociatedPerformer - Neal Cappellino, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Trisha Yearwood, FeaturedArtist - Matt Coles, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Terry, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian David Willis, Editor - RICHARD BARROW, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brady Barnett, Editor - Mary Kathryn van Osdale, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - J.C. Monterrosa, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tyler Moles, Editor

A MCA Nashville Release; ℗ 2007 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
So Not My Baby Album Version
00:03:32

Josh Turner, MainArtist - Frank Rogers, Producer, Executive Producer - Wes Hightower, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Shawn Camp, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Grantt, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Hank Williams, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aubrey Haynie, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Sutton, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JUstin Niebank, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Netti, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Drew Bollman, Recording Engineer, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kenzi Butler, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Darken, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Mote, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Brent Rowan, Electric Guitar, Baritone Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Terrell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jelly Roll Johnson, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Hinson, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Neal Cappellino, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Gardner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Coles, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Terry, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian David Willis, Editor - RICHARD BARROW, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brady Barnett, Editor - Philip Lammonds, ComposerLyricist - J.C. Monterrosa, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tyler Moles, Editor

℗ 2007 MCA Nashville, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Trailerhood Album Version
00:03:20

Josh Turner, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Frank Rogers, Producer, Executive Producer - Wes Hightower, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Grantt, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Hank Williams, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aubrey Haynie, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Sutton, Banjo, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Shannon Forrest, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - JUstin Niebank, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Netti, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Drew Bollman, Recording Engineer, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kenzi Butler, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Darken, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Mote, Clavichord, AssociatedPerformer - Brent Rowan, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Terrell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Hinson, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Neal Cappellino, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Coles, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Terry, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian David Willis, Editor - RICHARD BARROW, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brady Barnett, Editor - J.C. Monterrosa, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tyler Moles, Editor

℗ 2007 MCA Nashville, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Baby, I Go Crazy Album Version
00:03:22

Josh Turner, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Frank Rogers, Producer, Executive Producer - Wes Hightower, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John David Anderson, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Grantt, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Hank Williams, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - B. James Lowry, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Aubrey Haynie, Mandolin, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - JUstin Niebank, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Netti, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Drew Bollman, Recording Engineer, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kenzi Butler, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Darken, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Mote, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Brent Rowan, Electric Guitar, Baritone Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Terrell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Hinson, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Neal Cappellino, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Gardner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Coles, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Terry, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian David Willis, Editor - RICHARD BARROW, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brady Barnett, Editor - J.C. Monterrosa, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tyler Moles, Editor

℗ 2007 MCA Nashville, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Nowhere Fast Album Version
00:05:28

Josh Turner, MainArtist - Wes Hightower, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Grantt, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Hank Williams, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aubrey Haynie, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Sutton, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Shannon Forrest, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - JUstin Niebank, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Netti, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Drew Bollman, Recording Engineer, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kenzi Butler, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Darken, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Mote, Organ, Piano, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Brent Rowan, Electric Guitar, Baritone Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Terrell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Hinson, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Neal Cappellino, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Coles, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Terry, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian David Willis, Editor - RICHARD BARROW, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brady Barnett, Editor - Anthony Hamilton, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Kelvin Wooten, ComposerLyricist - J.C. Monterrosa, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tyler Moles, Editor

℗ 2007 MCA Nashville, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
The Longer The Waiting Album Version
00:05:00

Josh Turner, MainArtist - Frank Rogers, Producer, Executive Producer - Wes Hightower, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Cook, ComposerLyricist - Pat McLaughlin, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Grantt, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Hank Williams, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aubrey Haynie, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Sutton, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Shannon Forrest, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - JUstin Niebank, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Netti, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Drew Bollman, Recording Engineer, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kenzi Butler, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Darken, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Mote, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Brent Rowan, Electric Guitar, Baritone Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Terrell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Hinson, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Neal Cappellino, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Coles, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Terry, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian David Willis, Editor - RICHARD BARROW, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brady Barnett, Editor - Jay Dawson, Bagpipes, AssociatedPerformer - J.C. Monterrosa, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tyler Moles, Editor

℗ 2007 MCA Nashville, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
One Woman Man Album Version
00:02:29

Josh Turner, MainArtist - Frank Rogers, Producer, Executive Producer - Wes Hightower, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tillman Franks, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Grantt, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JOHNNY HORTON, ComposerLyricist - Hank Williams, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aubrey Haynie, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Sutton, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Shannon Forrest, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - JUstin Niebank, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Netti, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Drew Bollman, Recording Engineer, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kenzi Butler, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Darken, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Mote, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Brent Rowan, Electric Guitar, Baritone Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Terrell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Hinson, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Neal Cappellino, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Coles, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Terry, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian David Willis, Editor - RICHARD BARROW, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brady Barnett, Editor - J.C. Monterrosa, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tyler Moles, Editor

℗ 2007 MCA Nashville, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Soulmate Album Version
00:03:48

Josh Turner, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Frank Rogers, Producer, Executive Producer - Wes Hightower, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John David Anderson, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Grantt, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Hank Williams, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - B. James Lowry, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Aubrey Haynie, Mandolin, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - JUstin Niebank, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Netti, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Drew Bollman, Recording Engineer, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kenzi Butler, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Darken, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Mote, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Brent Rowan, Electric Guitar, Baritone Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Terrell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Hinson, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Liana Manis, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Neal Cappellino, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Gardner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Coles, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Terry, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian David Willis, Editor - RICHARD BARROW, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brady Barnett, Editor - J.C. Monterrosa, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tyler Moles, Editor

℗ 2007 MCA Nashville, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
The Way He Was Raised Album Version
00:04:31

Josh Turner, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Mark Narmore, ComposerLyricist - Frank Rogers, Producer, Executive Producer - Wes Hightower, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Tomberlin, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Grantt, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Hank Williams, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aubrey Haynie, Mandolin, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Chad Cromwell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Sutton, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JUstin Niebank, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Netti, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Drew Bollman, Recording Engineer, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kenzi Butler, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Darken, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Mote, Piano, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Brent Rowan, Electric Guitar, Baritone Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Johnson, Dobro, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Terrell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Hinson, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Neal Cappellino, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Coles, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Terry, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian David Willis, Editor - RICHARD BARROW, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brady Barnett, Editor - J.C. Monterrosa, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tyler Moles, Editor

℗ 2007 MCA Nashville, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
South Carolina Low Country Album Version
00:04:47

Josh Turner, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Frank Rogers, Producer, Executive Producer - Wes Hightower, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Grantt, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Hank Williams, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aubrey Haynie, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer - Chad Cromwell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Sutton, Banjo, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JUstin Niebank, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Netti, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Drew Bollman, Recording Engineer, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kenzi Butler, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Darken, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Mote, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Brent Rowan, Baritone Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Johnson, Unknown, Other - Russell Terrell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Neal Cappellino, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Coles, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Terry, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian David Willis, Editor - RICHARD BARROW, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brady Barnett, Editor - J.C. Monterrosa, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tyler Moles, Editor

℗ 2007 MCA Nashville, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

The man with the biggest, most distinctive bass voice in country since Johnny Cash is back with album number three. Josh Turner scored big with the "Long Black Train" on his debut and took it over the top with the two big singles off his breakthrough sophomore album "Your Man," (the title track) and the monstrous hit "Would You Go with Me." While it's true that Turner kept producer Frank Rogers on board, along with mixing king Justin Niebank and many of the same musicians, there is still more of his actual personality on Everything Is Fine than on his previous albums put together. Interestingly, Turner has made very few concessions to the modern Nashville sound of big rolling guitars that are compressed to the point of being brittle, echo-laden drums and Hammond B-3s that all try to simulate the '70s sound of Southern rock. The opposite is true here. Turner is a country singer from the old school whose singing can be traced back through Randy Travis and George Strait to Merle Haggard, George Jones, and the great honky tonk singers. If anything, the music on Everything Is Fine is what Nashville's hit music should sound like in the 21st century. It uses the best technology has to offer in terms of clarity, but not at the expense of acoustic and electric stringed musical instruments sounding like themselves: Telecasters sound like Telecasters, pedal steel guitars sound like Sho-Bud's, banjos, mandolins, and unplugged six-strings, all come off sounding natural. But that's only the production angle. It's songs that make a record and this set is stacked with them. Turner wrote or co-wrote seven of the dozen tunes here. These include the sizzling fiddle and electric guitar stomping shuffle of "Firecracker," written with Shawn Camp (another part of the steady stable here) and Pat McLaughlin, and the banjo, steel, fiddle-drenched title number that opens the set (with Wes Hightower's backing vocals that double up the down-low basso profundo to stellar effect). It's an honest to goodness country song that is picaresque, relaxed, and feels authentic. Then there's his "only-in-country" burning, modern honky tonker "Trailerhood." There's a moving duet with Trisha Yearwood on "Another Try," written by Jeremy Spillman and Chris Stapleton. It's a love song with gorgeous dobro and fiddles that build to a crescendo of strings (countrypolitan did a lot of that once upon a time) whose sound is the only concession to the postmodern, post-country sonics of modern Music City, but, since it's a ballad, they are entirely appropriate and effective It's a destined hit. Yearwood, who is singing better in 2007 that at any time in her career (perhaps because she is unfettered by no longer being part of the "star system"), adds exponentially to this song emotionally and texturally. And Turner can write a love song: "Soulmate" is among the most direct and spare tunes in his résumé, but its natural soul and depth is refreshing and clean as well as romantic. There's also a popping cover of Johnny Horton and Tillman Franks' "One Woman Man" from way back in 1956. This is the tune that offers proof positive that Turner is a vocalist and writer who descends from the grand tradition. It's only two-and-a-half minutes long, but it rocks, rolls, and struts like a rooster in a barnyard. Everything Is Fine is the jewel in Turner's brief career so far; it's consistent, soulful, and natural. When it busts the sales field wide open (and it will), hopefully Nashville's label heads will follow A&R boss Luke Lewis' lead and let artists of this caliber make more of their own decisions.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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