Josh Turner – “Firecracker”

Matt Clark | June 28th, 2007

josh-turner.jpgJosh Turner has always been the most traditional of the young radio artists, but I have to admit that this song surprised me in just how much it sounds like a George Jones record. The wailing steel guitar, the undistorted Telecaster riffs, and above all the carefree country-boy lyrics remind me of Jones love ditties like “One Woman Man.” Jones and Turner, of course, differ significantly in their career accomplishments, and that’s the problem with this release. Songs like this are great to round out a catalog and become memorable themselves if the recording artist is sufficiently accomplished, but it’s not the right choice for a new artist still trying to establish a sound distinct from most radio fare. Furthermore, it’s the lead single from Turner’s new album, and for an artist who hasn’t yet been able to squeeze more than one or two hits out of albums that consist mostly of filler material, a fluff piece like this doesn’t bode well for the new project.

I hate to speak ill about the release, because it’s a good and fun song with a strong neo-traditional arrangement that should be pleasing to fans of true country music. Still, the rules of radio have changed. I hope that Turner can squeeze a top ten hit out of this, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

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Listen: Josh Turner – “Firecracker”

  1. Brody Vercher
    June 28, 2007 at 11:12 am

    I think releasing a song like this as a single says a lot about Turner as an artist in that he’s going to record and release music that he likes while staying true to those who came before him, whether radio is willing to play it or not. To me, that in itself differentiates him from most radio fare. I don’t think it’ll make it to the top ten, but I do like it better than a lot of the songs that currently reside there.

  2. country woman
    June 29, 2007 at 11:01 am

    The reason it might not be a top 10 hit is because radio is so obssessed with playing Carrie Underwood,Kenny Chesney,& Tim McGraw songs over and over and over again.

  3. Martha Watson
    June 29, 2007 at 11:49 am

    I like this song a lot. I think that it shows the diversity of Josh. I think that it will go to #1. But I also agree with Country Woman when it comes to Carrie, Kenny and Tim. I like them and they put out good music but you do get tired of hearing them so much.

  4. JTFan
    June 29, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    Firecracker is a great song and I expect it to be another #1 hit for Josh just like Your Man and Would You Go With Me. I’m also looking forward to Josh’s new album and know it will be another top seller.

  5. Courtney
    June 29, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    I’ve waited so long for a song off of Josh’s new album! I’m so excited about “Firecracker”! I love this song! And I can’t wait for the new album! Josh Turner is the best country artist out there! By the way, I agree with the comments above mine. I’m extremely tired of hearing Carrie Underwood and Kenny Chesney!

  6. Robert J DePew
    June 29, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    No one sounds like Josh Turner in my humble opinion. The greatest voice to hit the music scene in a LONG time. His impact on the music scene will be huge and has only just begun. Great voice, good values, nice guy, wow .. this guy has it all !

  7. Jessica
    June 29, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    It will be very interesting to hear what the new album will be like. I’ve heard a few of the tracks and it is the same Josh Turner formula – traditional sounding songs. He doesn’t sway towards the pop scene or sway towards something that you won’t hear 10 years, 50 years, or more down the road. Josh’s road to success has been filled with several number one hits and granted, Me & God did not make #1 on the country, but it struck #1 on the Christian Country charts.

    You can never get tired of hearing traditional songs sung by Josh Turner. This song is definitely a great foundation for his upcoming album in the fall. It is getting a good buzz already. :)

  8. Rhonda Glass
    July 1, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    love this song..saw you in norfolk virginia at this USO concert and it was an awesome concert glad you are coming out with more songs love them all

  9. Ron W.
    July 1, 2007 at 6:02 pm

    I like Josh, but I get the feeling that he’s still in the musical wilderness, searching for his voice. I don’t get the sense that he’s staked out his own artistry. But he’s not even 30 yet; maybe he’ll get there.

  10. Chris N.
    July 1, 2007 at 6:16 pm

    I’d imagine it’s hard to find songs good enough for a voice like that.

  11. Sydney
    July 5, 2007 at 8:42 am

    The first time I heard this song I thought “wow I have to have this cd” but does anyone know when it will be Released. I love this cd and Josh Turner! I agree with the comment above about the whole Carrie, Kenny && Tim remark we’ve heard all their songs about a million times on the radio repeating over and over. we all love their music but we dont want to hear it 24/7. But, anyways I can’t wait till it is Released.

  12. Glen
    July 6, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    I loved this song the first time I heard it, and I like it more each time I hear it. The way I see it, he’s singing about my girlfriend, from MY point of view — coz she IS a “Firecracker” to me!!!

  13. wednesday luria
    July 9, 2007 at 8:19 am

    where can i down load this song to my ipod, i totally love it!

  14. Sara
    July 13, 2007 at 11:22 am

    I absolutely Love this song…along with every other song he has recorded!I really hop it goes to number 1!Josh really deserves another #1 single!!

  15. Scott M
    July 13, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    Josh is great for country music. It is refreshing to hear a traditionalist like him belt it out. There should be more like him….

  16. Stephen
    July 16, 2007 at 12:34 am

    I wish he had released “No Rush” as a single first, but this is a good consolation prize.

    July 19, 2007 at 8:25 am

    firecracker is the epitamey of what true country music is.. and only a true southern country boy can sing country music and you believe what he’s singin about…Country Radio today is obsessed with boy bands like rascall flatt, emerson drive and other pop country groups like little big town.. country music should split into two different genres country pop and pure country. AS a fellow SOuth Carolinian we LOVE JOSH and anything he puts out…

    ANd no matter if his songs hit #1 or not true country music fans love his music…


  18. Stephen
    July 20, 2007 at 2:28 am

    Okay, I’ve seen Emerson Drive in concert. There is no way in HELL they are a boy band, and there is no way they should be placed in the same pile as Rascal Flatts. Yes, most of their singles have been mediocre. But “Moments” is the best song I’ve heard in a while, and each of their members is very, very talented.

  19. I. Despise Country
    July 24, 2007 at 10:25 am

    People. You do realize the meaning of stupid doing you? This song has made the new dumbest of the dumb list. This is the song that defines stupid music. This is why country is why country sucks.

    Seriously. What mind set was he in when he wrote it? Would you go home and call your wife a “far-cracker?” Would you as the wife actually agree that this is something you’d want to be called???

    If so we should all go back to calling mom and dad, ma and pa.

    This song is the insults of insults to my ears. I’ve never heard a song as incredibly epitomical of why country music has problems. Not just big problems, but Big Biiiig problems! And then there are you people who listen to it. Can I ask a small favor from you? Can you please not have children. Please don’t reproduce. We want intelligence people this great country. We want learned people who respect one another and don’t write songs about their “far-cracker” wife…..

  20. Scott M
    July 24, 2007 at 3:01 pm

    Too late, I have already reproduced. Me and my far-cracker wife have a wonderful son. And my ma and pa are very proud of him as well. I was learned to respect people and I do. I believe country music is doing just fine. Well I gotta go and fire up my Hag CD, I think a little ” Rainbow Stew” sounds good right about now.

  21. Chris N.
    July 24, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    “We want intelligence people this great country.”

    Kinda speaks for itself, doesn’t it?

  22. Brady Vercher
    July 24, 2007 at 5:22 pm

    But Chris, you’re completely missing the incredibly intelligent points he made. I mean, if you call your wife a firecracker, you are obviously ignorant, disrespectful, and unworthy of reproducing, and a song about calling your wife a firecracker indicates big problems in the country music industry. How can you argue with that kinda intellectual ability? We better not argue with him or he might put us at the top of the dumbest of the dumb list and that would be bad. It sounds like he’s getting started on a great dissertation for a Ph.D. I bet his ma and pa are proud of him.

  23. Chris N.
    July 25, 2007 at 8:45 am

    You make some interesting points, but I’m still a little confused. What if you call your wife a sparkler, say, or a bottle rocket? Does the variety of the fireworks under discussion dictate the intelligence level of the singer, songwriter and/or listener? If you call your wife a “Roman candle,” are you necessarily impugning her ancestry?

  24. Scott M
    July 25, 2007 at 9:56 am

    Chris, I think you are spot on. I think a diffrent firework represents a diffrent mood, setting, and the intelligence level of the singer. I have to say, his first sentence of ” You do realize the meaning of stupid doing you?” pretty much sums it all up.

  25. debbie rodgers
    July 26, 2007 at 8:14 am

    I have just heard the new song by Josh/Firecracker… I love it and I am a female!! I think it is very sweet for a man and woman to have pet names for each other. Josh you keep those wonderful songs coming. I love every one of them.

  26. Kate
    July 26, 2007 at 10:42 pm

    I may not have a PhD, but I am a 65 yr old female with a lifelong love of country music. I will always retain my blue collar roots along with my master’s degree. I don’t take offense at the lyrics in most country songs and I think the lyrics in Firecracker are hilarious. Country music celebrates life — every aspect of it. Josh has produced a wonderful diversity in his music. I hope that continues. I like the surprises.

  27. Mike M.
    July 29, 2007 at 3:06 am

    Personally, I question his level of intelligence simply on the basis of the fact that he/she stated the he hates Country Music. Well then why listen? I know that I do not like most of the screaming “music” produced these days. So I simply do not listen. DUH!
    But I guess that makes me not too pretty smart or even very intelligence. Instead, I sit here and laugh at the idiocy of people who choose to inject their negative view simply to “stir the pot”. I wish him the best and hope he finds something that makes him happy enough to not have to BI*CH about something that he does not even like. So alls I haves to say is “Hate the Game, not the Playa baby.”

  28. mandy
    August 6, 2007 at 5:22 pm

    i love this song my boyfriend says it reminds him of me

  29. Donin Urban
    August 10, 2007 at 12:03 am

    Just discovered Josh Turner.. love him, love his sound, love this song!

  30. Brody Vercher
    August 10, 2007 at 7:24 am

    “Yeah, I’m sick an’ lovin’ tired of all your lovin’ around!”

  31. Megan A.
    August 16, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    Lol… when I heard this song on the radio, I liked it! Though I only heard the last half because it was in the car. I thought it was an old country song ’cause the radio station plays new/old country songs. I was supprised to find out that it was from Josh Turner! I love that guy! I love his song “Would you go with Me”

    Anyway, my nickname from all my friend(and parents) is “Firecracker” and the line I could make out the best listening is “my little darlin is a firecracker”… that just reminded me of my dad! lol!

  32. Paula
    August 21, 2007 at 3:38 pm

    Ok, I do not agree with alot of things in this article or the other article written by Matt C. regarding the Cracker Barrel CD. “Firecracker” is Josh’s fastest rising single to date- reaching the Top 30 in only 3 weeks, so I’d say he’s starting to hold his own and is “sufficiently accomplished.” I live in southern Louisiana, and I haven’t really heard the song much yet on the radio, and the video is not even out on GAC or CMT. So I would say, more than likely it will be reaching the top ten very shortly- and I would BET on it!

  33. Cody Fancher bloomville ny
    September 2, 2007 at 8:58 pm

    holy cow i dont even know where to start the comments from the ones who love this song i completely agree with but the ones from people like “i depsise country” they need to shut their mouths, im a down home country boy born and raised on a farm and i was raised to respect my elders and what not. u dont see “hicks” or “rednecks” or whatever were called where u guys come from, u dont see us murdering and robbing old ladies or anybody for that matter. i personally love this song and how it can relate to pretty much everyone, ’cause everybody thinks there wives the best and better than the next guys wife i know i can relate to it it describes my girlfriend perfectly oh and another thing, most country girls wouldnt take it as disrepect to be called a firecracker because it means that they are absolutely amazing in your eyes so anyone who doesnt listen to country music and love it needs there heads examined

  34. Kevin
    September 2, 2007 at 9:23 pm


    Give me a break. Somebody doesn’t have to have their heads examined if they don’t like country music. Furthermore, your comment that people who aren’t from rural areas are murdering and robbing old ladies shows you are just as culturally ignorant as the people you’re accusing of being prejudiced against your lifestyle.

    I’m from New York City, and I love country music. I know a lot of people who hate it, but they don’t go around murdering old ladies. Quite frankly, the crime isn’t even in the big cities these days, thanks to crystal meth. I saw more drug addicts, graffiti and broken windows when I visited my family in small-town Alabama last year than I’ve ever seen in the Big Apple.

  35. RED
    October 19, 2007 at 9:13 am

    all of you need to get mp3 players so you can download your new favorites or teh oldies we all love thats how i solved my radio problem

  36. My Niza
    October 19, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    Man Josh’s Voice is so hot and so is he!!! Fire Cracker is going to be a great hit and i think he’s talking about me!!!!! I’m Josh Turner’s Fire cracker……..

  37. Pat E. Juvenal
    November 1, 2007 at 5:53 am

    That is my song and I was even born on the 4th of July……..BOOM!

  38. Fire Cracker
    December 9, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    My husband says this song reminds him of me. My 10 year old daughter didn’t get it.I came to see the words to this song because I am deaf, and so I read words first. All I could do was laugh. this is a good song according to words,I hope it does make it top 10! There is still hope for us women who are like this song, and men you need to have faith in us women who are that way. If your lucky to have one like me then hang on boys!! you don’t want to lose us.. keep it up Josh…

  39. CRAIG R.
    February 3, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Hello- I have just discovered this great blog. I am 42 years, and I have been listening to country -westen music since I was two. When I was three/ four I knew all the words to “King Of The Road”- I am also black,Catholic, city- dweller,Conservative and a homosexual so I hope I bring at least an interesting viewpoint to the conversation.
    On to Josh Turner. I love his voice and look, but “Firecracker” reminds of his other song ” Me and God”- it is so simple that it last like cotton candy- the depth only coms from his voice and not his music. I hope he finds a musical place where his voice and the song are worthy of each other and just not radio and video friendly.

  40. Cindy
    February 3, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Hello, Craig. All viewpoints welcome, especially when as well thought out as yours are! If we all thought the same, life would be pretty boring! I never thought about your point with relationship to this song it the voice or the song, or both? I think you are on to something…

  41. Lucas
    February 3, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Josh Turner is a class act, enough said!

  42. hairandtoenails
    February 3, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Craig’s point about “Firecraker” is well taken. The point of the song could be summed up in nine words “Josh likes that his lover is explosive in bed” without any significant loss in meaning.

    Josh is a great singer, though, so I enjoy when the song comes on the radio. But “Long Black Train,” it ain’t.

  43. CRAIG R.
    February 6, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    Thanks for welcoming me! I agree with Lucas- I think Josh Turner is a class act.

  44. Jessie
    May 20, 2008 at 8:53 am

    I love Josh Turner!!!!

  45. Brandy Bishop
    August 21, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    I think you literally have no clue what country music really is. He is absolutely one of the only artists in country music today that is pure country. Everyone else is starting to move towards a more rock sound. He ranks right up there with George Straight and Alan Jackson for true country sound. I have all his albums and think he has a voice that is one of a kind and could make any woman’s heart melt. He not only sounds great on his albums, but in concert too. Most artists sound horrible live, but not Josh Turner. He sounds so good and his new album is going to be his best album, yet. It is a great one, trust me, well worth every penny. He is going to go far in the country music industry, he not only has his fans, his people, but God backing him. I love everything about this man and his music. He really appeals to the Backwoods Girl in me. I think it is about time we put some country back in country music and start leaving out the pop, rock, R & B, and rap out of the country people’s music. He brings it to the front and I love that about him. He is great and Firecracker was a perfect start to put this new album out there.

  46. Stormy
    August 21, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Brandy: Something tells me that you can I consider vastly different things country.

  47. leeann
    August 21, 2008 at 10:17 pm


    While I could live without this fluffy song, there’s no doubt that Josh Turner is, in fact, “country.” Perhaps not your type of country, which is fine, but he is decidedly country, or traditional, to choose a better word.

  48. Stormy
    August 21, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Josh is country, but he is the light side of country when you are putting him beside Justin Earle.

  49. leeann
    August 21, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Fair enough. JTE is pretty awesome and not light like this song.

  50. Stormy
    August 21, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Joah is one of those singers I think is actually hurt by sticking with the mainstream.

  51. leeann
    August 22, 2008 at 6:26 am

    Stormy, we’re talking about the same person? Right? Josh? Maybe you like Josh Turner, but not Joe Nichols?:) I’m just kidding…assuming you just accidentally said the wrong name.

  52. leeann
    August 22, 2008 at 6:27 am

    …Or we switched people without me realizing it…

  53. Stormy
    August 22, 2008 at 7:55 am

    Yeah, it should have been Josh. Its hard to type with a playful cat in your lap.

  54. leeann
    August 22, 2008 at 8:40 am

    I’m jealous! My yellow lab isn’t much of a lap sitter. Actually, he is, but it hurts like hell when he does it.

  55. Stormy
    August 22, 2008 at 9:33 am

    When you see bad mistakes, that’s when she decided my hand is a mouse.

  56. Matt B.
    August 22, 2008 at 9:53 am

    Cats always like to be near computers for some reason….

    yellow labs make for great lap dogs…

  57. leeann
    August 22, 2008 at 11:13 am

    My lab always digs his elbows into my leg though.

  58. Matt B.
    August 22, 2008 at 11:27 am

    My mom has a hound mix and she thinks she’s a lap dog…I guess they never forget the love of the lap from when they were puppies.

  59. Stormy
    August 22, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Matt: Because moving fingers are fun kitty toys! You have to remember, in the universe of the cat you do not exist as an independant creature. You only exist within the confines of your usefullness to the cat.

  60. Stormy
    August 22, 2008 at 11:35 am
  61. Matt B.
    August 22, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Well, humans are servants to cats! I like Icanhascheezburger. that site (the dog one to) make me laugh sometimes…

  62. Chris N.
    August 22, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    My dog is extremely jealous of my computer.

  63. Stormy
    August 22, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    See, there is where it rules to be a cat. My cat is never jealous of my computer because she never gets that my computer is not merely a servant to her will as well.

  64. Scott
    January 11, 2010 at 9:45 am

    I love fircracker

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