Josh Turner Live at the Ryman

If country music has a holy site, it’s Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. That’s presumably why Josh, a young star steeped in country history, decided to record his first live album in the converted church that was for decades the home of the Grand Ole Opry. Josh doesn’t hesitate to acknowledge the heroes who trod the venue’s boards before him on Live at the Ryman, covering oldies by Hank Williams, George Jones and Merle Haggard with confidence and flair. Elsewhere, he pointedly avoids his own hits—his two chart-toppers to date, “Your Man” and “Would You Go With Me,” are both absent—in favor of lesser-known album tracks. But never fear, “Long Black Train” fans—Josh leads a spirited singalong on his gospel-infused future classic, momentarily returning “The Mother Church of Country Music” to its original purpose. (Available only at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations and crackerbarrel.com.)

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