He’s had a knockout career, with over five million albums sold since his debut with Long Black Train, and now Josh Turner, country music’s most recognizable voice, steps into the ring again. Celebrating the release of his fifth studio album, Punching Bag (MCA Nashville), to stores nationwide today, Turner will appear on NBC’s TODAY Show on Wednesday, June 13 with additional upcoming television appearances listed below.

MAVERICK magazine says, “It’s always tough to bring something new to a musical genre, but Josh Turner has achieved that near-impossible task again and again, yet has never overlooked just where country music has come from. It’s [his] skill at taking stock of everyday situations…some of them quite mundane… and turning them into musical classics that makes him possibly the most important artist to have emerged in country music for years and years.”

Additionally, The Washington Post observes, “These days, it seems like every male country artist wants to sound like Jon Bon Jovi fronting Def Leppard in 1985 — except for Turner, who might be the only million-seller left in Nashville making contemporary country albums without the slightest whiff of arena rock or pop.”

The New York Times says, “Turner has grown around a bass-baritone voice of great beauty and skill, and his producers and engineers lean in close to capture it. It’s balanced and alert; the notes come deep and grainy, almost the sound of bow on strings.”

Associated Press adds, “From the moody bass lines and acoustic accents in ‘Time Is Love,’ about making his marriage a priority in his schedule, to the R&B-influenced guitar melody of ‘Good Problem,’ about how his obsession with loving his partner is the kind of dilemma he can handle, Turner once again proves he ranks among the most effective — and most hard-core country — performers of his generation.”

Turner was featured in the June issue of Southwest Airlines’ Spirit magazine, the June 10 issue of PARADE, and is the lead cover story on the June 18 issue of Country Weekly. His album will also be featured all week on the Best Buy Theatre marquee in New York City’s Times Square.

The album features his current Top 15 Country Billboard single, Time Is Love,” and in the liner notes, Turner explains the inspiration behind the title track, “Punching Bag.” He makes references to Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky movies and says, “I hope my music can bring you the inspiration and motivation to keep moving forward. I hope it brings a smile to your face. I hope it makes you tap your toes. I hope it brings a happy tear to your eyes and makes you want to share your life with others around you.”

Turner co-wrote eight of the 11 tracks on the album and it features guest vocal appearances by Marty Stuart and Iris DeMent (“Pallbearer”), Ricky Scaggs (“For The Love of God”), and Turner’s wife and children (Jennifer, Hampton, Colby and Marion Turner) on “Find Me A Baby.”

Supporting TV Appearances Include:

Tuesday, June 12 at 10 p.m. ET and Wednesday, June 13 at 4 p.m. ET on GAC’s Josh Turner: Packing A Punch
Wednesday, June 13 at 7 a.m. ET on NBC’s TODAY Show
Wednesday, July 4 at TBD on PBS’ A Capitol Fourth
Wednesday, July 11 at 7 a.m. ET on ABC’s Good Morning America
Punching Bag Track Listing:
  1. Introduction by Michael Buffer
  2. “Punching Bag”
  3. “Time Is Love”
  4. “Deeper Than My Love”
  5. “Good Problem”
  6. “Cold Shoulder”
  7. “Find Me A Baby” (feat. Turner’s wife and children)
  8. “Whatcha Reckon”
  9. “Pallbearer” (feat. Iris DeMont and Marty Stuart)
  10. “For The Love Of God” (feat. Ricky Scaggs)
  11. “I Was There”
  12. “Left Hand Man”
For highlights and recaps of the shows, as well as more information on Josh Turner visit www.JoshTurner.com.