Here’s How Josh Turner Will Celebrate The 20th Anniversary Of His Career-Changing Song, ‘Long Black Train’

todayFebruary 6, 2023

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Multi-platinum-selling artist and Grand Ole Opry member, Josh Turner will soon celebrate the 20th Anniversary of his iconic album and song, “Long Black Train” by embarking on the Long Black Train 20th Anniversary Tour. 

The tour’s namesake is in celebration of the anniversary of his 2003 debut album, Long Black Train, and his signature song, “Long Black Train,” both of which are certified platinum by the RIAA.

On May 19th, Long Black Train will be released on vinyl for the first time ever, coinciding with the day the single was released 20 years ago. The special edition vinyl of Long Black Train is available for pre-order now.

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Additionally, Turner will be a featured artist on the nationally syndicated TV series, “The Song,” on Saturday, March 11. The show showcases Turner alongside some other country favorites such as Darius Rucker, Cole Swindell and Carly Pearce. The episode will focus on the song “Long Black Train” and its origins dating back to when Turner was attending Nashville’s Belmont University from 1998-2003, where he studied as a vocal music major. Turner revisits the Belmont’s campus as he reminisces and highlights the locations that inspired the country gospel hit. 

Turner remembered this time in college fondly saying, “I wrote this song during my senior year at Belmont University, and I remember thinking to myself, no one is going to want to hear this old-timey gospel song. Thankfully, God placed a few folks in my life that thought differently and here we are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of ‘Long Black Train.”

The father of four credits the song for his early success. 

“I credit this song with landing me my first publishing deal, my record deal and my first Opry performance.  A lot of folks think that this was my first single, but it was actually my second. I was hesitant when the label suggested it be the next single, nothing else on the radio sounded like it,” he admitted. “I don’t know where I’d be today without this song and so we named the tour for this 20th anniversary and will be celebrating all year long.” 

Turner will launch the Long Black Train 20th Anniversary Tour on March 4 in Dothan, Alabama. The trek will make stops around the U.S. through September, with additional dates to be announced soon.

Josh Turner 2023 Tour Dates

3/4 Dothan, AL The Plant
3/6 Plant City, FL Florida Strawberry Festival 2023
3/24 Tuscon, AZ Rialto Theatre
3/25 Wickenburg, AZ Party in the Desert
4/13 Lancaster, PA American Music Theatre
4/14 Jim Thorpe, PA Penn’s Peak
5/5 Hot Springs, AR Oaklawn Racing Casino
6/3 Pender, NE Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska
6/9 Nelsonville, OH Black Diamond Music & Arts Festival
6/10 Renfro Valley, KY Renfro Valley Entertainment Center
6/16 Prestonsburg, KY Mountain Arts Center
6/17 Romeoville, IL Deer Crossing Park
7/1 N. Myrtle Beach, SC Alabama Theatre
7/2 Simpsonville, SC Simply Freedom Fest
7/15 Breim, Norway Norsk Countrytreff 2023
7/22 West Liberty, IA Muscatine County Fair
8/4 Colorado Springs, CO Pikes Peak Center
8/5 Sterling, CO Logan County Fairgrounds
8/10 Grants Pass, OR Josephine County Fairgrounds
8/11 John Day, OR Grant County Fairgrounds
8/12 Oroville, CA Gold Country Casino
8/18 Valley Center, CA Harrah’s Resort
8/24 Princeton, IL Bureau County Fairgrounds
8/25 Watseka, IL Watseka Family Festival
9/23 Columbus, MN Running Aces Casino
**Additional dates to be announced
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