December 08, 2003 12:00 PM

Josh Turner

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With the deaths of Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash, Nashville certainly has an opening for a man’s man with a deep, rich baritone. Newcomer Turner, a 25-year-old South Carolinian, fits the bill. What’s more, Turner is comfortable with a wide range of material, from the semi-gospel title song to the intelligently rueful ballad “I Had One One Time” to the proud-to-be-a-redneck romp “Backwoods Boy.” He also smartly covers Jim Croce’s 1973 barroom brawl tune “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim.” Turner’s heart always seems to be in his work, even on the slightly wimpy “In My Dreams,” and he is surrounded by accomplished musicians. Nobody will ever replace Jennings or Cash, but Train puts Turner on the right track.

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