Did you know that on this day in Country Music History in 2003 MCA released Josh Turner's debut album, "Long Black Train"?

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Here are 5 interesting facts about Josh Turner.

  • His musical influences include Hank Williams, Randy Travis, John Anderson, Johnny Cash and Vern Gosdin.
  • He made his public singing debut in church at age 5 with the song "Arky Arky."
  • He developed a vocal lesion in the mid-'90s, due in part to working around chemicals in an agricultural warehouse. He had to cease singing for a year while it healed.
  • He was a classmate of American Idol contestant Melinda Doolittle at Belmont University.
  • He wrote breakthrough hit "Long Black Train" after listening to a Hank Williams box set while at the Belmont library.