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Josh Turner: Riding country music’s “Long Black Train”

Riding into the country music spotlight on a “Long Black Train,” Josh Turner moved to Nashville and eventually signed to MCA Records in 2003 and released his first single that same year. The album hit the 29th spot on Billboard 200 chart and reached No. 4 on the Top Country Albums chart. There were three songs that charted from this album – “She’ll Go on You,” “What It Ain’t” and, of course, “Long Black Train.” This weekend he will perform at the legendary Grand Ole Opry, so if you’re looking for something to do, go check out country music recording artist Josh Turner and see what all the fuss is about.

Turner made a strong debut into the country music world with his first single, "Long Black Train." PHOTO COURTESY JOSH TURNER

Turner made a strong debut into the country music world with his first single, “Long Black Train.” PHOTO COURTESY JOSH TURNER

After much success with his first album, it was time for Turner to release his second album. After picking the right songs and finishing the recording, “Your Man” was finally released in January 2006. Debuting at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart, the title track became the first single and went all the way to No. 1. The album did well and even produced two more singles, one of which, “Me and God,” was nominated for an ACM award. One of my personal favorites on this particular album is a cover of the legendary Don Williams’ song called “Lord, Have Mercy on a Country Boy.”

From 2007 to 2010, Turner released two more very successful albums titled “Everything is Fine” and “Haywire.” He has also had an incredibly successful touring career for an entire decade. In 2012, Turner went all out and released two albums at the same time – “Punching Bag” and a live album released through Cracker Barrel’s record label called “Live across America.” “Punching Bag” debuted at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart, while “Live Across America” reached No. 9, giving him two albums in the top 20 at the same time. That’s not bad for a simple country boy from South Carolina.

In addition to a string of hit songs, Josh Turner also has penned a new book titled "Man Stuff." PHOTO COURTESY JOSH TURNER

In addition to a string of hit songs, Josh Turner has also penned a new book titled “Man Stuff.” PHOTO COURTESY JOSH TURNER

Turner has a new book out called “Man Stuff” that contains short stories about his life and the lessons he’s learned along the way – stories about faith, family, work, fun and the important things in life. This book hopes to inspire the younger generation to make better choices, and if it inspires even one person, it will be a success. Turner’s touring career for this year is already shaping up to be a success and has plans for a new album soon. We look forward to seeing what new success he will achieve in the years to come and commend him for the past accomplishments. If you would like to purchase Turner’s music or his new book, go to his website, like him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.