ASCAP and BMI, the major performance rights organizations, joined resources at Nashville’s Cabana restaurant Tuesday, March 23rd, to honor the songwriters of Josh Turner’s 4-week #1 single, “Why Don’t We Just Dance.”
Turner was in attendance to lead the applause for songwriters Darrell Brown and Jonathan Singleton, both ASCAP members, and Jim Beavers, who’s affiliated with BMI.
BMI’s Jody Williams informed the crowd of celebrants that “Why Don’t We Just Dance” is Beavers’ fourth No. 1 song and Turner’s third. The song, he noted, is also producer Frank Rogers’ 29th chart-topper.
“The heart of Josh Turner’s music has not wavered since Long Black Train [his signature self-penned hit from 2003],” Williams asserted. “He’s as gifted a singer as has ever recorded in Nashville.”
“When I first heard this song,” said Turner, “I thought the country and the world needed to hear this message. I didn’t realize [the song’s power] myself until I heard it on the radio the day we shot pictures for the album.” He said the song gets a “huge reaction” in his shows and admitted he felt momentarily bleak when he learned that it had failed to remain No. 1 for a fifth week.
Musing about this being his third No. 1, Turner quipped, “I had a two-week No. 2 spot [with Firecracker]. That was Taylor Swift’s fault, but we won’t mention any names.” He said his ultimate goal has always been to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and that he has only 13 years to go to become eligible — plus some more “great songs” like the one being honored.
*Information Courtesy of CMT