Review: Joshua W. Turner — ‘BE OK’

Tacoma singer songwriter and Berklee College of Music alumni Joshua W. Turner, who is a veteran of the northwest indie rock scene took a break from “the loud” to record a soft solo album. The seven track EP is simply titled BE OK was self-released in August of 2018, marked by the crowning achievement in that all the music, instrumentation, mixing, mastering and production was done by Turner in his own studio. The result of over a year’s worth of work is a solid mix of tunes akin to fellow acoustic pop singers Ed Sheeran, Phil Phillips and Glen Hansard.

The opening track “If You Follow,” is a jaunty duet with his sister-in-law Savannah Turner, playing the roles of coy lovers trading promises on the easy sing along foot stomper. Some clever instrumentation including glockenspiel highlights the pensive tome of redemption and hope on “Spotlights,” that sweetly builds and swirls. The bitter sweet love song “Falling in Love Again,” is a classic heart on my sleeve ballad that every troubadour strives to add to their repertoire.

Some fine engineering and finger picking grace the instrumental “Through The Woods,” with the spruce tones of his six-string ringing true. Some ghostly piano punctuates “Another Way,” with the singer taking a hard look in the mirror, pulling himself up by the boot straps and declaring “You Gonna Be Ok.” He then pours out his devotion on the melancholy “Don’t Blink,” before closing the set with the electronic 80’s styled anthem “Get Up,” that reprises the theme of perseverance thru belief and sheer self-will.

(Check out ‘BE OK below via Bandcamp and get more info about Joshua W. Turner on Facebook HERE.) 

Rick Bowen

Rick grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan playing in school band, choir and show bands. While earning a BA at Western Michigan University in History and Social Science, he was a member of the Bronco marching band and jazz ensemble Gold Company. Moving to the Northwest in 1994, Rick soon landed gigs and sessions with many diverse local artists and is currently a member of the award winning Stacy Jones Band and the host of the all ages School of Jam. Rick is also an associate producer and session musician for Critical Sun Recordings, a contributing writer at Innocent Words, Seattle Examiner, No Depression, The Washington Blues Society and S.T.E.A.M magazine, and serves on the board of directors for the Washington Blues Society. Rick is endorsed by and plays THUMPER CUSTOM DRUMS. Awards: Washington Blues Society “Best of the Blues” award 2009 Best New Band –Stacy Jones Band WBS “Best of the Blues” award 2012 Best Blues Jam - Oxford Saloon Monday Night Jam 2013 & 2014 WBS Best Blues Writer award. 2014 WBS Chris Leighton Blues Drummer BB Award. Nominations: 2009 & 2013 Best Blues Drummer WBS BB awards. 2012 Best NW recording “No Need To Spell it Out –Stacy Jones Band (Rick J Bowen co producer)