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

“I don’t know where I’d be today without this song,” Turner admits.


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February 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

3/4Dothan, ALThe Plant
3/6Plant City, FLFlorida Strawberry Festival 2023
3/24Tuscon, AZRialto Theatre
3/25Wickenburg, AZParty in the Desert
4/13Lancaster, PAAmerican Music Theatre
4/14Jim Thorpe, PAPenn’s Peak
5/5Hot Springs, AROaklawn Racing Casino
6/3Pender, NECattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska
6/9Nelsonville, OHBlack Diamond Music & Arts Festival
6/10Renfro Valley, KYRenfro Valley Entertainment Center
6/16Prestonsburg, KYMountain Arts Center
6/17Romeoville, ILDeer Crossing Park
7/1N. Myrtle Beach, SCAlabama Theatre
7/2Simpsonville, SCSimply Freedom Fest
7/15Breim, NorwayNorsk Countrytreff 2023
7/22West Liberty, IAMuscatine County Fair
8/4Colorado Springs, COPikes Peak Center
8/5Sterling, COLogan County Fairgrounds
8/10Grants Pass, ORJosephine County Fairgrounds
8/11John Day, ORGrant County Fairgrounds
8/12Oroville, CAGold Country Casino
8/18Valley Center, CAHarrah’s Resort
8/24Princeton, ILBureau County Fairgrounds
8/25Watseka, ILWatseka Family Festival
9/23Columbus, MNRunning Aces Casino
**Additional dates to be announced
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