Last night, Josh performed at the Chemung County Fair in Horseheads, NY. This show was my FIRST chance to FINALLY see our man, Josh, live in person!! It was a perfect evening for a concert...despite a little humidity, there was a nice breeze blowing through our track seats which were conveniently located in the back row, right alongside the mixing board and camera operator.
But before we settled into our seats to see Josh on stage, my wife and I had the ULTIMATE honor of being among the many meet & greet fans who were going to have a moment to get up close & personal with Josh himself!! Despite a line that seemed to never end, my wife & I finally had reached the front of the line and there he was...JOSH TURNER in person. He was so gracious and a little shy, much to my surprise. After having a chance to thank Josh for all of his wonderful music, have him autograph my PUNCHING BAG poster and get our picture taken with him, it was time to head back to our seats to prepare for the show!!
Shortly after 7:30 p.m., it was time for that Josh Turner magic to take hold of the 4,000 fans in attendance! After a great opening introduction (I won't reveal it here and spoil it for those that haven't seen the new show yet), Josh came strolling out on stage and immediately launched into PUNCHING BAG...one of my favorite songs! I have to admit that I was a little surprised there was no opening act, but of course, we were all there to see Josh anyway! Right after PUNCHING BAG, Josh greeted the crowd and went right into YOUR MAN. Over the next hour, we were treated to all of Josh's hits -- LONG BLACK TRAIN, EVERYTHING IS FINE, ALL OVER ME and beautiful performances of I WOULDN'T BE A MAN and ANOTHER TRY. If it's at all possible, Josh sounds even better in person than he does on his albums!! It was also great to hear Josh pull out some album tracks like HAYWIRE, EYE CANDY and ONE WOMAN MAN. One of the biggest moments of the show had to be during WOULD YOU GO WITH ME when Josh went to shake hands with the audience members at the front of the stage and one of the ladies actually stepped up on stage and hugged Josh. After the song was over, Josh was clearly surprised and said that he usually shakes hands with the audience during that song but this was the first time anyone had come up on stage with him. All too soon though, it was time for Josh to perform his last song - WHY DON'T WE JUST DANCE. After thanking everyone for coming out to see him, Josh stepped off the stage, the band took their final bows and the show came to a very satisfying end!!
The only drawback to the entire evening's experience was the amount of time we had to actually meet with Josh. The meet & greet line was quite lengthy, and it seemed to me that it was a little rushed moving fans through the line. But considering this was my first time attending a Josh M&G, maybe this was the exception rather than the rule??
Overall, my first Josh Turner concert was the experience of a lifetime!! It was an UNFORGETTABLE performance...one that I will remember forever!!