Josh Turner Postpones Tour Dates As Investigators Identify Crew Member Killed In Bus Crash

Josh Turner has postponed all remaining tour dates scheduled for the month of September following a deadly crash involving a…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 19, 2019


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Josh Turner has postponed all remaining tour dates scheduled for the month of September following a deadly crash involving a bus carrying members of his road crew.

Turner’s longtime label home, Universal Music Group, released a statement confirming the news early Thursday.

“Josh Turner and his road family have suffered a devastating loss. Please keep the crew, band and Josh in your thoughts and prayers,” the statement read. “All remaining shows in September will be rescheduled for a later date.”

The country and gospel singer and his band were not on the bus, which was traveling East on Highway 46 in San Luis Obispo County, California at the time of the incident.

The California Highway Patrol says one person was killed when the tour bus drifted off the highway, drove along a dirt shoulder, hit a barbed wire fence and eventually fell off a 50-foot cliff. Investigators say two people were ejected from the vehicle when the bus hit a dry riverbed at the bottom of the cliff.

The CHP has identified the deceased man as David Turner but did not release his age or information about where he is from. It is also unclear if David Turner is related to Josh Turner.

Seven others were wounded in the crash and were transported to different hospitals in the area.

Our thoughts and prayers are with David Turner’s family during this difficult time.

UPDATE: The Daily Journal of Oxford, Mississippi confirms that David Turner, 64, lived in Oxford and that he bears no relation to the country singer.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.