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USA Today profiles rising star – and Belmont alum – Josh Turner

joshturner2.bmpUSA Today has a profile of new and fast-rising country music singer Josh Turner, an alumnus of Belmont University’s music program.

Turner’s single Long Black Train, a country-gospel throwback written after listening to all 10 CDs in a Hank Williams box set, has spent six months chugging up Billboard’s country singles chart. (It’s now No. 28.) … Turner made his public debut at age 5, singing Arky Arky at his home church. He began singing country in his teens and later enrolled in the music program at Belmont University in Nashville. … Turner’s ultra-traditional approach has made him a favorite at the Grand Ole Opry, where he has made some three dozen appearances.

You can watch Turner’s video for “Long Black Train” here. You’ll need RealPlayer or Windows Media Player and a broadband connection.


joshturner.bmpAccording to his official bio:

Josh wrote the tune while still a student at Nashville’s Belmont University, after listening to the entire Hank Sr. box set in the school’s library.
“As I was walking home I noticed there was something unusually dark about that night