Stagecoach: Meet Josh Turner, baritone, and Truth & Salvage Co., tenors
Success in music -- country or otherwise -- is a big part talent and savvy, but genetic luck also figures into the formula. Josh Turner's good fortune rests a lot on the resonant bass-baritone voice that at times seems as if it's bottomless.
His set Sunday on Stagecoach's Mane Stage as the sun was setting showcased how intelligently he's made use of it in the years since he first surfaced. His money note, one that seems to emanate up from the bowels of the Earth, shows up in his gospel and bluegrass-tinged country hits, including "Long Black Train" and "Would You Go With Me."
But he's smart enough not to overplay that card, dropping it in often enough to grab the fans' attention, not so often that he wears out its welcome.
The members of North Carolina's Truth & Salvage Co. are blessed as well, each of the four who sing possessing steely tenor voices that blend exquisitely in their music that carries the country-rock torch of the Flying Burrito Brothers and Poco.
Of course they too were smart enough to take the raw materials life dealt them and join with others who could share in the mission.
-- Randy Lewis
Photo: Josh Turner performs at the Stagecoach country music festival May 1, 2011 in Indio. Credit: Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images