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50 Greatest City, State, And Town Songs – #31: “Jacksonville” by Josh Turner

April 11, 2008

Long Black Train

50 Greatest City, State, And Town Songs: #31

“Jacksonville” by Josh Turner

Album: “Long Black Train”

Chart Peak: N/A (unreleased)

City, State, or Town: Jacksonville, Florida

There seems to be a trend in using big cities in country music. This isn’t the first time on this chart the biggest city in a state has been incorporated into a song. Anyways, I digress. To those familiar with Josh’s music you may know his material is traditional but doesn’t always follow suit with typical musical styles. Josh travels to Jacksonville, Florida in this mid tempo and smooth performance for a peaceful vacation and ends up with more than he bargains for.

This tune starts of with a man, Josh, spending a brief vacation in Florida and by a stroke of luck meets a woman at a food stand and they sit down, talk, and begin to fall in love. Jacksonville is the perfect place for this story to take place because the character is on vacation and Florida makes a nice background to set the mood for the story. Josh’s character is meant to be a traveler, always on the move, but he’s shocked when his plans take a turn and it begins to look like he’ll be staying in Jacksonville a little longer.

What probably would have been a great single tells an interesting and smooth story as two people begin to fall in love and their plans change. Love has a way of working like that. Florida represents that warm and fun feeling and if there was any place toy fall in love unexpectedly like that I’d want it be in a place like Jacksonville because it is fun and you’re already set to the mood to accept a good time and let people in more. Josh not only tells a good story but helps show how Jacksonville, Florida is an enjoyable and relaxing place and you never know what can come out of it if you just stop worrying and take some chances.

Location in Duval County and the state of Florida

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