Josh Turner Is "All Over" No. 1 spot
Josh Turner and three songwriters were recently honored for Josh's latest No. 1 single, “All Over Me.” The party was held at Nashville barbecue restaurant Roosters.
Members of BMI, ASCAP, Josh's label, the Country Music Association and other industry personnel were on hand to congratulate Josh on his fourth trip to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. During a pre-party interview, Josh told reporters that he instantly knew “All Over Me” was special the first time he heard it. “This song brought back memories of ‘Would You Go With Me,’ 'cause when I heard that, it just had those qualities that I felt could be a big hit,” Josh said. “It was one of those songs that people could just sit back and forget about things and have a good time. It was one of those songs that I felt would sound good on the radio.”
One of the few country artists to score two No. 1 singles this year (“Why Don’t We Just Dance” peaked earlier this year), Josh recognizes the hard work it takes to make it to the top of the charts. “Having a song on the radio, period, is a huge accomplishment nowadays. Having it go to the top [of the charts] is just icing on the cake,” said Josh. “To have two in one year, in some ways, is a little overwhelming. It’s hard to top that. I just try to choose the best songs I can and just hope for the best after that. When I go to choose songs for my record, I make sure I’m going to be OK with it if it does get chosen to be a single.
"It’s very fulfilling to have No. 1 and it makes a huge difference when you get out on a stage and do a live show, and you’re able to sit there and tell your audience that this song was just No. 1," he continued. "I think the fans take pride in that as well, because they are there to see you and they want you to succeed and they are proud of you. And they’ve worked hard, too, calling radio stations and requesting songs. It’s a team effort for sure.”
The song was written by the Peach Pickers, the trio of Georgia-born songwriters including Dallas Davidson, Ben Hayslip and Rhett Akins, who have had success with Joe Nichols’ “Gimmie That Girl” and Blake Shelton’s “All About Tonight.”
“We didn’t have an idea [for this song],” says Ben of “All Over Me.” “The way we are, we know something good will happen. I threw out the line ‘All Over Me.’ Dallas started playing the groove and Rhett started throwing lines out. Before we knew it, we had something rolling.” The news is extra sweet for Dallas; “All Over Me” marks his fifth No. 1 song on the Billboard country chart in less than a year.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Josh is already looking forward to his next single, “ I Wouldn’t Be a Man,” which was a Top 10 hit on the Billboard country singles chart in 1988 for Don Williams. “It just has that classic timeless melody and those lyrics that are very romantic and heartfelt, and obviously the lyrics haven’t gotten old, either,” Josh told reporters. “A lot of times a melody will stick with you, but the lyrics will age with time, but with this song I felt like they were pretty new and fresh sounding still. When I first heard the song, I thought the fans would really get something out of it and I could make my own version of it.”