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Country Stars

On The Rise
Past and Present
Indie Artists
Canadian Artists

Featuring  Past, Present, Rising, Canadian , and Indie Stars


My Choice in Music is Traditional Country
This Site will Feature my "Personal Favorites" From Past to Present
No Artist that Became Popular Before 1978 IWhen Rodney Crowell Debuted} will be Featured.




There are a lot of
rising stars

 Josh carries the
voice of tradition
with his music

Josh Turner's 'Long Black Train' nears platinum status.

Give a listen to a few songs from country singer Josh Turner's debut CD "Long Black Train" and you might find yourself double-checking to see if a Randy Travis disc sneaked its way in there.

Turner's natural, deep baritone on "Train," released on the MCA/Nashville label, sounds like a near-match to Travis'.

But the sonic similarity, along with Turner's gospel roots and sense of humor, has served his career well: "Train" debuted in October 2003, sold more than 500,000 copies before the year ended, and is now close to breaking the million-copies-sold mark

In 2001, Turner made his debut at age 24 at the Grand Ole Opry, where he chose to sing "Long Black Train."

As Turner put it, he and the song received an "unforgettable" reception.

"It was totally unexpected," he said. "I got two standing ovations and an encore."

He was signed to MCA/Nashville about a month later and he's since been invited to play at the Opry more than 40 times

Turner makes no secret of his Christian background. He learned music while growing up as a member of a Baptist congregation in Hannah, N.C. He sees his current career as a way to make Christianity seem not only acceptable in mainstream music, but an attractive alternative to the tempting lifestyle of excess he sings against in "Train."

For me," Turner said, "I want to spread a message of hope -- that you can play country music and be cool, and still be a Christian and be cool, and people won't look at you like you're strange, or make fun of you." 

Turner said he loves life on the road and it's an essential part of connecting with fans.

His home life is helped by the fact that he doesn't have to cope with a long-distance relationship while on tour.

"My wife (Jennifer) has been able to come on the road with me, singing background vocals every night when we play," he said

2004 Kalamazoo. Used with permission



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 Rodney Crowell wrote and released
"Please remember me " in 1995'.
He also made a video for the single.

Rodney Crowell Is still
one of the best singer
songwriters there is.


 Runner up in Nashville Star,
George Canyon is my winner!
I have high hopes for future
success from him.



Of course Canada has
lots of Other talent 
There are a Lot of
Good Indie Artists
I have a Page
featuring them too
 Some artists were
sucessful for a Time
but seem to have

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