Josh Turner Shares Stories and Advice with Students at His Alma Mater, Belmont University

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleJosh Turner returned to his alma mater, Nashville's Belmont University, on Wednesday to speak with students. The interview-style session featured Josh telling the story of writing his debut hit, "Long Black Train," while a student at Belmont in 1999.

Josh says of his time at the school, "Although I was only able to attend Belmont for three years, if I had it to do all over again, I’d come back to Belmont.” 

Josh delivered an acoustic performance of "Long Black Train" for the students. His new single, "Law Low," is currently climbing the country chart.

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Josh Turner Shares Stories and Advice with Students at His Alma Mater, Belmont University

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleJosh Turner returned to his alma mater, Nashville's Belmont University, on Wednesday to speak with students. The interview-style session featured Josh telling the story of writing his debut hit, "Long Black Train," while a student at Belmont in 1999.

Josh says of his time at the school, "Although I was only able to attend Belmont for three years, if I had it to do all over again, I’d come back to Belmont.” 

Josh delivered an acoustic performance of "Long Black Train" for the students. His new single, "Law Low," is currently climbing the country chart.

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John Fogerty Defends Bruce Springsteen and Zac Brown’s “Fortunate Son” Performance at Tuesday’s Concert for Valor

Image Courtesy Vanguard RecordsJohn Fogerty has responded to the controversy that arose after Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl and Zac Brown performed his classic song "Fortunate Son" at the star-studded Concert for Valor event on Veterans Day in Washington, D.C.  Some conservative media outlets in particular maintained that performing the song, which addresses the circumstances of soldiers in the Vietnam era, wasn't appropriate for an event honoring U.S. military members.  Fogerty disagrees.

In a statement on his official website, the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman explains, "'Fortunate Son' is a song I wrote during the Vietnam War over forty-five years ago.  As an American and a songwriter I am proud that the song still has resonance.  I do believe that its meaning gets misinterpreted and even usurped by various factions wishing to make their own case.  At its core I believe the issue is really about what a great country we have that a song like this can be performed in a setting like Concert for Valor."

Fogerty adds, "Years ago, an ultra-conservative administration tried to paint anyone who questioned its policies as 'un-American.'  That same administration shamefully ignored and mistreated the soldiers returning from Vietnam…As a man who was drafted and served his country during those times I have ultimate respect for the men and women who protect us today and demand that they receive the respect that they deserve."

It's worth noting that Fogerty also performed the song last week at the White House at the "A Salute to Our Troops" concert, which was attended by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.  The show aired on PBS as an episode of the In Performance at the White House series.

The Concert for Valor, meanwhile, aired live on HBO on Tuesday, and also included performances by Carrie Underwood, Metallica, Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna, Eminem and The Black Keys.

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John Fogerty Defends Bruce Springsteen and Zac Brown’s “Fortunate Son” Performance at Tuesday’s Concert for Valor

Image Courtesy Vanguard RecordsJohn Fogerty has responded to the controversy that arose after Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl and Zac Brown performed his classic song "Fortunate Son" at the star-studded Concert for Valor event on Veterans Day in Washington, D.C.  Some conservative media outlets in particular maintained that performing the song, which addresses the circumstances of soldiers in the Vietnam era, wasn't appropriate for an event honoring U.S. military members.  Fogerty disagrees.

In a statement on his official website, the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman explains, "'Fortunate Son' is a song I wrote during the Vietnam War over forty-five years ago.  As an American and a songwriter I am proud that the song still has resonance.  I do believe that its meaning gets misinterpreted and even usurped by various factions wishing to make their own case.  At its core I believe the issue is really about what a great country we have that a song like this can be performed in a setting like Concert for Valor."

Fogerty adds, "Years ago, an ultra-conservative administration tried to paint anyone who questioned its policies as 'un-American.'  That same administration shamefully ignored and mistreated the soldiers returning from Vietnam…As a man who was drafted and served his country during those times I have ultimate respect for the men and women who protect us today and demand that they receive the respect that they deserve."

It's worth noting that Fogerty also performed the song last week at the White House at the "A Salute to Our Troops" concert, which was attended by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.  The show aired on PBS as an episode of the In Performance at the White House series.

The Concert for Valor, meanwhile, aired live on HBO on Tuesday, and also included performances by Carrie Underwood, Metallica, Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna, Eminem and The Black Keys.

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Keith, Carrie, Miranda, Dierks & More Up for Vevo Hot This Year 2014 Honors

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleCountry stars earned several nominations for Vevo's fan-voted Hot This Year 2014 Awards.

Keith Urban is up for Best Male Video with "Somewhere in My Car," and Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert got a nod in the Best Collaboration category with "Somethin' Bad." Carrie and Miranda are also up for Best Country Video, along with Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan's "This Is How we Roll," Maddie & Tae's "Girl in a Country Song," Dierks Bentley's "Drunk on a Plane," and "Bartender," by Lady Antebellum.

Dierks is also up for Best Live Performance with "I Hold On" from the Vevo GO Shows series, while "Drunk on a Plane" earned an extra nod for Funniest Video.

Voting is now underway for the Hot This Year 2014 Awards  through November 23 at Vevo.com. You can vote once a day at the site, or post the link to the video along with the category hashtag on Facebook or Twitter to cast a vote.

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Keith, Carrie, Miranda, Dierks & More Up for Vevo Hot This Year 2014 Honors

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleCountry stars earned several nominations for Vevo's fan-voted Hot This Year 2014 Awards.

Keith Urban is up for Best Male Video with "Somewhere in My Car," and Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert got a nod in the Best Collaboration category with "Somethin' Bad." Carrie and Miranda are also up for Best Country Video, along with Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan's "This Is How we Roll," Maddie & Tae's "Girl in a Country Song," Dierks Bentley's "Drunk on a Plane," and "Bartender," by Lady Antebellum.

Dierks is also up for Best Live Performance with "I Hold On" from the Vevo GO Shows series, while "Drunk on a Plane" earned an extra nod for Funniest Video.

Voting is now underway for the Hot This Year 2014 Awards  through November 23 at Vevo.com. You can vote once a day at the site, or post the link to the video along with the category hashtag on Facebook or Twitter to cast a vote.

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