WATCH: Josh Turner Releases Acoustic Cover of ‘Forever and Ever, Amen’ Featuring Randy Travis

by Joe Rutland

Country music singer-songwriter Josh Turner makes no bones about his respect for Randy Travis. In fact, he’s covering one of his biggest hits.

Turner released on Wednesday his version of “Forever And Ever, Amen,” a staple of the Travis songbook.

In the video Turner just released, Travis is streamed in virtually with his wife by his side. Turner is performing with a band from Alan Jackson’s Good Time Bar in Nashville. Travis delivers his iconic “Amen,” line to close out the song.

Travis, in this recording, makes a triumphant return to the recording studio since suffering a stroke in 2013. This song is part of Turner’s new album, “Country State of Mind.”

He pays respect to five core country music favorites: Travis, John Anderson, Johnny Cash, Vern Gosdin, and Hank Williams.

“I’ve always said that any song you hear coming from my voice, you’re going to hear bits and pieces of those five guys,” Turner said. “They taught me how to be Josh Turner.”

Josh Turner New Album Takes On Favorite Country Music

Turner, whose album will be coming out on the MCA Nashville label, has included songs that cover years of classic country music. It involves both standards and not-so-recognizable-but-fun cuts.

Anderson comes on board again (he’s recorded with Turner before) and puts a new twist on his 1993 hit “I’ve Got It Made.” Josh Turner plays Gosdin’s first No. 1 single, “I Can Tell By the Way You Dance (You’re Gonna Love Me Tonight).” He also plays guitar on his version of Johnny Cash’s “The Caretaker” and Hank Williams’ “Alone and Forsaken.”

“Country State of Mind” also includes songs from Keith Whitley (“I’m No Stranger to the Rain”), Waylon Jennings (“Good Ol’ Boys” Theme from The Dukes of Hazzard), and Alan Jackson (“Midnight in Montgomery”).

Turner Guides People To Listen To Johnny Horton

For any country music fan, they’ve probably heard their mother, father, or family member mention Johnny Horton.

Horton was a honky-tonk type of country singer with a deep voice.

During his time with Columbia Records, Horton produced many hits including 1959’s “The Battle of the New Orleans.” It was written by Jimmy Driftwood and won the 1960 Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording. Furthermore, the song was later inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Recently, Turner was playing a game of “Would You Rather” and a clip was posted on Turner’s TikTok. A voice off-camera asks, “Would you rather have the hiccups for the rest of your life or always feel like you have to sneeze but not be able to?”

Turner answers, “Probably hiccup so that way I can sing like Johnny Horton.” He laughs and then continues, “Look him up. It’s worth a Google young people.”