But not right away.
Turner kept the lyric on his phone for a while and didn't do anything with it until a few days before he was supposed to go into the studio and record. He started writing with his manager's wife, Gloria Mahon, and together they put together the song in just a few minutes.
He really liked how it turned out.
"I cut the song, and then decided to put a video on YouTube about it," he said. "I just wanted to see what kind of reaction I'd get."
Turner had posted other videos to the website before, and the response had been fairly modest. The sudden attention from "You Remind Me of West Virginia" caught him completely by surprise.
"I didn't expect 100 people to see it," he said. "Let along the 170 or 180 thousand people who've watched it since."
The first 50,000 views came during the first couple of hours. It was exciting, he said, and humbling.
"Our lives changed completely the day that song was released."
One of the doors the song has opened has been the opportunity to play more shows, including a slot as one in an 18-artist showcase at the Colorado State Fair.
The song itself is still getting played. Outside of YouTube, Turner said it has been picked up by radio stations across the country.
"It's getting a lot of spins."
Turner is enjoying the attention, though it's a little soon to say if it will lead anywhere. So far, his music career is off to a good start, but he was already doing pretty well even before he uploaded the song to the Internet.
For the last three and a half years, Turner has made his home in Nashville and made a living playing music, which in a city full of singer/songwriters tends to be the exception not the rule.
"I left for Nashville right after high school," he said. "And Nashville is a really hard town to crack. A normal day for me is to do some demo sessions -- that's where a writer wants me to put my vocals on a song they wrote. "
He also plays shows here and there, and with all the attention from "You Remind Me of West Virginia," has been assembling a band to take on the road.
"That's the dream for guys like me," he said. "It's what I've always wanted, and I'm excited to get to do that."
Turner is also working on a record, though he doesn't have major label backing.
"I'm completely independent until the right deal comes along," he said. "I don't mind at all."Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.