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Josh Turner's cottage industry

Josh Turner's cottage industry

In 2009, Turner pulled out a saw and hammer and began building a two-story, 1,700-square-foot cottage in the back yard of his Nashville home. The structure would have no phone, no WiFi and no TV, and Turner said it would be his retreat, a quiet place dedicated for songwriting. He finished it two years later. The effort paid off. Eight of the 11 songs on Turner's 2012 album, "Punching Bag," were written in the cottage. "It was very fulfilling to know that I was not throwing my money away," recalls Turner, who will headline the 103.1 WIRK Rib Round Up Saturday in West Palm Beach. Turner had always planned to sing country music. He grew up in Hannah, S.C., and...

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