Throwback Community Review – Josh Turner’s “Would You Go with Me”

Welcome to Country Perspective’s newest weekly feature, Throwback Community Review! Many of you enjoyed a previous similar feature The Past Pulse of Mainstream Country Music and it was one of the main inspirations behind this feature. It’s quite simple: each week there will at least one of these. I will present some information about the song and of course a video to listen to it. You will then take to the comments delivering your thoughts and a grade, on a scale from 1-10. Your grades will be averaged to get the community grade for the song. The comments will be open for a few days before I close them to tabulate the average. Songs from any era of country music could go show up here and I’m open to suggestions for future featuring in this space. This week we take a look at…

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Artist: Josh Turner

Song: “Would You Go with Me”

Released: April 24, 2006

Written by: Shawn Camp & John Scott Sherrill

Producer: Frank Rogers

Background: This was the second single from his second studio album Your Man. This single went on to reach #1 on the country chart and remained there for two weeks (one of Turner’s four #1 hits). It peaked at #43 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was certified platinum in September 2012. This song also earned Turner a nomination at the 2007 Grammys for Male Country Vocal Performance of the Year (Vince Gill’s “The Reason Why” won).

See you in the comments with my own thoughts and grade!

 

Community Grade: 7.9

 

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17 thoughts on “Throwback Community Review – Josh Turner’s “Would You Go with Me”

  1. This song is very great. It’s not exactly perfect (the chorus doesn’t really do much for me, I mean it’s fine) but what has always made this song stand out is the sincerity in Josh Turner’s vocals and the banjo/mandolin infused instrumentation.

    I’d probably go for an 8/10. It’s not in my favorite songs of all time, but it’s the sincerity and earnesty that goes a long way for me.

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  2. This seems like a cool feature!

    I quite love the song. The instrumentation is solid, the lyrics are solid, and Josh sounds amazing. It’s no Long Black Train, but it’s still a great song. 8/10

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  3. I’m a sucker for dobro. I like it for the instrumentation, could leave it for the subject matter. Not that its a bad idea for a song, but I don’t know, the story just doesn’t go anywhere for me. But to contradict myself further, he nails it vocally. For the vocals and the instrumentation, I’d give it a 6/10, held back by the (non)story that the lyrics tell.

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  4. Love the site and your articles. Been reading for a while but first time commenter. I was about ten when this song came out so there’s a nostalgia factor for me. As a kid, Josh Turner was my favorite country singer. The vocals and instrumentation are amazing to me and the lyrics are pretty good. I’m going to give it an 8/10.

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  5. One of my favorite songs of the time period, and still love hearing it today. Sonically, I just love the instrumentation, and Turner’s vocals are always on point. I personally just love the song, so I’m giving it a 10 out of 10.

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  6. Cool idea!

    Nostalgia is a huge factor as to why I absolutely love this. It’s one of those songs I can just hear and instantly be transported to my younger days. Hell, I have several like that, some of which I might even hate today.

    Anyway, this song. I find it tough to grade. Are there elements I could point out about it that aren’t quite as strong? Yeah sure, the lyrics are alright rather than “wow!”, but hey, lyrics are only one part of a song (fun fact, I use that argument often when people tell me, “you know Sam Hunt wrote “I Met A Girl” right?”).

    Anyway, the instrumentation is fantastic. I mean dear Lord, when’s the last time we had that much mandolin and dobro together? Granted, I’m a sucker for that combination, and I love the rootsy feel to it as well. Yeah, I get that’s not a proper musical term. Whatever. It’s how I would best describe it.

    Vocally too, well hell Josh nails it in my mind. Not much else to say on that.

    Grade – Ugh…..this is why I can’t really be a critic anymore. Grading is way too tough for me these days. However, if I had to (and considering this is all in good fun anyway), I’d probably say it’s better than an 8 but not as good as a 9, so…..8.5/10.

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  7. To repeat what everyone else has said, the instrumentation and vocals are superb. Nonetheless, this song has never really grabbed me. I actually remember getting sick of hearing it at the time, even though I’d be thrilled to hear a song like this on the radio now. It’s not a favorite of mine, but I have to give it a 8/10 because the production and delivery is so damn good.

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  8. This was a song I have fond memories of listening to growing up. One of my favorite Josh Turner singles for sure. The biggest positive of this song is of course the instrumentation, a combination of mandolin and dobro, a lost combination on today’s country radio. It’s so pleasant and easy on the ears, a reminder of melody once existing in mainstream country. Turner as always brings his A game with his vocal performance and is one of the reasons he’s able to elevate plainer songs like this one because let’s face it this isn’t deep lyrically. It’s a simple love song with a feel good hook. So factoring this all in it’s a good song with fond memories that isn’t quite worthy of great in my mind. 7/10

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  9. I have to say that this is definitely one of my favorite Josh Turner songs ever. The instrumentation is amazing, with the combination of Dobro, mandolin, and steel guitar, and the lyrics are pretty decent. I like the theme of going through life with your lover together, and how Turner addresses his possibility of uncertainty on their journey (“Would it be okay if I didn’t know the way?”). So overall, this is a pretty solid song from Turner, with decent lyrics and instrumentation, and a theme that’s definitely lacking in today’s mainstream country songs. Grade: 8/10

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  10. The mandolin and his voice is great stuff. Itd be nice if he could get back to this stuff. Pretty good album also. 06, id just got out of school and remember this on the radio cruisin around between college and working. I was married in summer of 06 so this song resonates with me very well. Id say a good solid 8/10.

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  11. This is the song that made me interested in country music in the first place – I never grew up with anything that resembled country and this song for some reason grabbed me. As a song it’s an 8/10, but in terms of purely nostalgic purposes for me, it’s a 10/10. Nice memory to bring back Josh!

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  12. Great idea for a feature!

    I haven’t heard this song in a very long time, and listening to it now just gave me a huge burst of nostalgia. I agree with the consensus that the lyrics aren’t particularly special, but the rootsy production and Josh’s killer vocals elevate this one for me. I’ll go with a strong 8/10.

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