Turner to headline Downtown Country Jam

Jesse Wilson & Friends, Renegade Soul to take the stage

The deep voice of Josh Turner will reverberate through the heart of Fort Dodge when he takes the stage for the Sept. 16 Downtown Country Jam.

Turner, the singer best known for hits like “Long Black Train” and “All About You,” will be the headliner for the outdoor country music show to be held at the intersection of Central Avenue and Ninth Street.

“He’s going to put on a performance,” said Melissa Hansen, a member of the board of Shellabration Inc., which organized the concert. “He’s going to be all over the stage and have the crowd involved.”

Jim Reed, the president of Shellabration Inc., said Turner has had seven Top 10 hits, which is more than any other performer who has been on stage for the Downtown Country Jam.

“His set is radio-hits laden,” Reed said.

Two local bands, Jesse Wilson & Friends and Renegade Soul, will also perform.

“We’re pretty good at picking a lineup and this one not only dovetails, but builds to a crescendo,” Reed said.

“It’s cool to be able to give local artists the big stage so they can see a crowd of 3,000 plus,” he added.

Shellabration Inc. is hoping for a crowd of at least 4,000 at this year’s Downtown Country Jam. Last year, when Big and Rich performed, there was a crowd of 3,851, which is the record so far.

“Records are made for breaking,” Reed said.

About Josh Turner

Turner debuted on the Grand Ole Opry stage singing “Long Black Train” on Dec. 21, 2001.

His first album called “Long Black Train” which included that song plus “She’ll Go On You” and “Backwoods Boy” came out in 2003. Turner’s Fort Dodge appearance will be part of his Long Black Train 20th Anniversary Tour.

In 2006, he released his second album entitled “Your Man.” The title track and another song from the album, “Would You Go With Me,” both reached No. 1 on the country charts. A third song from that album, “Me and God,” reached No. 16 on the country charts.

His other Top 10 hits include “Firecracker,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “All Over Me,” “Time Is Love,” and “Hometown Girl.”

About Jesse Wilson & Friends

Wilson plays a combination of cover and original music. His original songs often include references to the Fort Dodge area, according to Reed.

Renegade Soul

The band Renegade Soul is new, but its members are all experienced Fort Dodge musicians.

They include Trent Salter, Claudia Rhiner and Jared Benson from Salty View Acoustic Review. Also on the band’s roster are Andy Shelly (Saucy Jack) and Alex Trevino (The Tank Anthony Band).

How to get tickets

Tickets go on sale at 8 p.m. June 9 on ticketweb.com.

Beginning June 23, they will be on sale at Hy-Vee, 115 S. 29th St.

Tickets will cost $30 on or before Sept. 3. Starting Sept. 4, they will cost $35.

Any remaining tickets will be sold at the gate for $40.

Children 12 years old and younger will be admitted free with an adult.

If You Go

What: Downtown Country Jam

When: Sept. 16

Where: Central Avenue and

Ninth Street


4:30 p.m. Gates open

5:30 p.m. Jesse Wilson

& Friends

6:45 p.m. Renegade Soul

8:30 p.m. Josh Turner


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