Josh Turner and Randy Travis have quite a few things in common. Aside from being talented artists, they have distinct voices and never hesitate to share their spiritual beliefs through song. When Turner was asked to cover one of his heroes for CMA’s Forever Country Cover Series, he chose to honor one of his all-time favorite artists.
Turner’s deep and powerful voice takes the spotlight in his cover of Travis’ 2002 hit, “Three Wooden Crosses.” It feels like a full circle moment for the singer, who first broke into the scene with his religious-tinged track “Long Black Train.”
“‘Three Wooden Crosses’ has always been one of my favorite songs that Randy Travis has done,” Turner told Sounds Like Nashville. “He was the main reason that I decided I wanted to do this for a living a long time ago when I was 13 years old or whatever. Not only was it a hit and a commercial success, but it’s such an incredible story. It’s an incredibly written song.”
Turner isn’t the only country star paying homage to Travis for the series. Rising star Jon Pardi also tipped his hat to Travis with his impressive rendition of “Forever and Ever, Amen.”