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"Turning Home"
Single by David Nail
from the album I'm About to Come Alive
Released February 2010 (2010-02)
Format CD single, music download
Genre Country
Length 4:15 (radio edit)
4:59 (album version)
Label MCA Nashville
Writer(s) Kenny Chesney
Scooter Carusoe
Producer Frank Liddell
Mike Wrucke
David Nail singles chronology
"Red Light"
"Turning Home"

"Turning Home" is the title of a song written by country music singer Kenny Chesney and Scooter Carusoe, and recorded by singer David Nail. It is the third single from Nail's 2009 debut album I'm About to Come Alive, as well as his fourth single release overall. The song is the follow-up to "Red Light," Nail's first Top 40 hit on the Billboard country singles charts.


Production and writing

The song was written by Kenny Chesney and Scooter Carusoe, who wrote Chesney's singles "Anything but Mine" and "Better as a Memory."[1] Chesney had originally planned to record it himself.[2]

In "Turning Home," the narrator recalls events from his high school days, referring to that time of his life as his "glory days."[1] It includes a prominent piano section, because Nail wanted a strong piano player for the album.[3] Nail told The Tennesseean that he identified with the song's theme: "I just knew that this was that song that I had been searching for[…]Being from a small town in southeast Missouri, all the imagery in the song was something that I could really relate to."[2]

Critical reception

Bobby Peacock of Roughstock gave a mostly favorable review, considering the song "a bit overproduced" but saying that Nail "delivers the song powerfully."[4] Juli Thanki of The 9513 gave the song a thumbs-down, saying that she considered the song's production "overblown" in its latter half. She thought that it was one of the weakest-written tracks on the album, but praised Nail's "strong, pleasant voice."[1]

Chart performance

"Turning Home" debuted at #49 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts dated for the week ending February 13, 2010.[5] The song entered that chart's Top 40 at #39 on the chart dated for March 6, 2010, becoming Nail's second Top 40 hit on that chart.

Chart (2010) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs 38


  1. ^ a b c Thanki, Juli (5 January 2010). "David Nail — "Turning Home"". The 9513. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Watts, Cindy (24 January 2010). "David Nail's success starts at 'Red Light'". The Tennesseean. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Payne, Joshua (15 May 2009). "Kennett native to release new country album, 'I'm About to Come Alive'". Daily Dunkin Democrat. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  4. ^ Peacock, Bobby (27 February 2010). "David Nail — "Turning Home"". Roughstock. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  5. ^ Morris, Edward (6 February 2010). "Lady Antebellum's Need You Now Is America's Bestselling Album". Retrieved 26 February 2010. 


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