Southern Night was inexpensive (free), but it was priceless! There is so much to tell, I hardly know where to begin. Early Saturday morning some severe storms woke me up. Once they rolled through KY, I departed for Nashville about 6am a little sleep deprived. The Nashville weatherman was predicting storms as well, which never happened; instead the good Lord treated TN with a spectacular super full moon joining JOSH along with fans for the celebration at Opry Mills Grand Re-Opening on Saturday, May 5. What better way to celebrate the Opry Mills Grand Re-Opening than with the most iconic image in country music today JOSH TURNER. First, I wish to express my feelings about JOSH, my BFF in this review and make sure he knows that trusting my instincts about him has made my life richer. Besides his great voice, enviable good looks, magnetic personality and soaring hit tunes, I must comment about his character, which stood-out brighter than that super full moon above him as he was on stage. In addition to this free concert, JOSH showed support to the Second Harvest Food Bank by asking everyone to bring a can of food to replenish what was used in the Nashville flood. This was my first Parking Lot Soiree where Opry Mills had planned to accommodate nearly 18,000…still my mind envisions JOSH playing a smaller venue, where engaging the audience isn’t such an arduous task. But, being JOSH TURNER, totally unassuming and natural, I was startlingly reminded of his true stature in the world of county music last night. His voice soaring under the Tennessee sky with a super full moon will be with me always. As everyone knows by now JOSH has a new intro to his show called ‘Punching Bag Tour’. After the Tonkin’ Honkies got set up on stage the lights came up and videos flashed in your face like you were at ringside for a boxing match. There is a typical format used for ring introductions and this very handsome white hair ring announcer with a sports announcer voice introduces JOSH…6-feet, 1-inch tall, weighing in at 175 pounds, in the country music corner from Hannah, SC. This is a paraphrase of what he was saying…he holds multi-platinum acclaim with his albums and currently is the MCA champion title holder…JOOSSSH TUURNEEEER! I was so excited, no pun intended, I felt like I’d been knocked-out momentarily. Then I remember seeing my first image of JOSH kind of beefing it up making incredible muscles with both his arms like Hulk Hogan as he started singing ‘Punching Bag’. I thought it was great. JOSH seemed to be enjoying the reaction from the crowd as he made several fighting gestures with his arms and hands. Just watching him sing PB those three minutes Saturday night wearing blue jeans with his black V-neck crew shirt and black boots qualified as surreal. There's no other word for it. But there he was on the south parking lot of Opry Mills in Nashville surrounded by about 8-10 thousand fans under a super full moon, country’s most beloved singer beginning his show with a professional indoor boxing introduction. JOSH and his band the Tonkin’ Honkies currently seem to be enjoying an inescapable hit with ‘Time Is Love’ and this was my first time to see him sing it in concert accompanied by his new video. What a treat to get to hear his new radio single that I’ve been playing for months. JOSH let everyone know how happy he was to be celebrating Opry Mills ‘being back’ after the floods in Nashville 2 years ago. He spoke very personally about how he and his band had been affected by the flood. They were headed to Ft. Wayne, IN. to play a show and all his band members had parked their cars by the Opry House. When they returned that early Monday morning all their cars were under water and they all had to buy new cars. In typical JOSH humor he said, ‘they all drive Ferrari cars now’, then he added, ‘just kidding.’ He spoke eloquently about how happy he felt to see the re-opening, re-birth and re-growth of this valuable real estate in Nashville and home of the Grand Old Opry. Along with the beautiful vibe at last night’s show was beautiful music. JOSH’s set-list that I enjoyed included these songs: PB, YM, EC, AFAIC, F, IWBAM, LBT, TIL, AT, WYGWM, MAG, H, LYOMM, AOM, and EIF. Near the end of the show, JOSH focused attention on that incredible band of his the Tonkin’ Honkies with Jennifer, Justin, Kevin, Jeb, Eamon, TJ and Joey getting a rousing applause from the crowd. I love the camaraderie JOSH has with his band the Tonkin’ Honkies. It’s obvious he loves the accompaniment of his dedicated band, especially having so many great hits and the most talented musicians around Nashville on stage with him. I can’t wait to talk about JOSH’s opening act and her generous warmth. She is Shaylin McGuire…a singer/songwriter/musician and so gifted. Shaylin comes from the beautiful bluegrass state I love and call home Kentucky. She hails from Glasgow, KY. only 19 years old-just a young, vibrant and self-assured female-figure on stage and it was quite riveting to behold! JOSH had a contest asking singers to submit a video and that’s how his opening act was chose-Shaylin won. He picked Shaylin out of all the entries and when you hear her sing you will know why. I was thrilled to meet this talented young lady, her handsome boyfriend and her lovely family. Her 8-song set-list included 4 originals and 6 covers: 1. Too bad- orig. 2. Last Name 3. Baggage Claim 4. Lucky-orig. 5. Independence Day 6. Without a fight-orig. 7. I dare you-orig. 8. Here for the party. She expressed her excitement being with JOSH and said to the crowd, ‘it’s been a pleasure singing for you’, after her last song. When I met and got my picture with her she gave me her CD ‘Edge of Dreams’. When I heard her sound-check early in the afternoon, I thought it was Carrie and she’ll be the first to tell you what an honor to immerse herself in a Miranda tune, but Shaylin has a unique style all of these famous gals will soon hear about. Go to Facebook & Twitter or this website (www.ShaylinMcGuire.com) and find out more about this next big country music star. Before the concert, I ran into Kevin and Justin in the mall-got pictures with both and chatted briefly. Kevin’s beautiful wife Lisle was pushing a stroller with Luke and their adorable little girl (forgot her name) was being pushed by a friend. We talked about LP Field not happening this year and both Kevin and Justin claimed they haven’t heard if they are going to the Cannery. The last time JOSH had a FCP there he only took a few band mates with him. For sure he won’t have a full band at the Cannery, however as of yesterday, according to Kevin/Justin none of the guys have heard anything. Don’t mean to start a rumor, but does this mean we get JOSH alone with his guitar? Fine with me, but I would miss all the guys. Also, does anyone remember Tim Galloway who played in JOSH band before Jeb? Well, he’s now with Jake Owens band. Oh, when you see that big Cracker Barrel Truck pull into your hometown with the larger than life JOSH on the side of it you will flip out. Although I did not take pictures during the concert, I got a few early in the day and will post later. JOSH told everyone to be watching his Punching Bag Special on HSN May 25 and he also gave a reminder about the new Punching Bag CD being available on June 12. I left the concert before it ended, in order to get ahead of the crowd plus after being sun-kissed almost 9 hours in the Opry Mills parking lot, I was exhausted. The area was packed with cars and I knew there were concerts at the Grand Ole Opry also. It was Cinco de Mayo too, so I wanted to avoid getting stuck in traffic. I was so entertained and treated to the very best of country music and I got to attend this Southern Night freebie with my hero JOSH TURNER! There was such beauty and command in his presence while singing live on stage – he looked so comfortable in his own skin last night. I got to see all the new staging and hear the back stories that interest me, but missed the fireworks dispay after the show plus alittle disappointed that I wasn't chosen for a MnG. When JOSH fans assemble at his concerts the reactions are always so positive and does JOSH know how to rally his fans, it’s called LBT. Just looking around when that whistle blows, JOSH’s appeal is obvious – everyone sits spellbound, watching, and listening…NO ONE USES THEIR PHONES! Yep, fans are always enticed by LBT and there’s only one man who can sing it! I’ve never seen any other singer with a ‘signature song’ have that kind of power over an audience NO PHONES! Bravo JOSH for being able to embrace others with your inspiring music. I can’t believe so much great music pours out of one man. JOSH TURNER, thank you again, the evening enjoying your music made me feel cradled in heavenly sound.