Belting out trucking’s voice
Date: June 12 at 9 p.m. EDT
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Lindsay Lawler’s tunes resonate through the industry and beyond
Country music singer Lindsay Lawler says she waves at every truck she and her crew pass along highways and stops traveling nationwide for their mostly trucking-oriented shows and gigs. She’s even looking for a truck for herself, so she and her band can move about self-contained and be able to pop out a stage wherever they feel there’s a crowd that warrants a show.
She first took a shine to the trucking industry — and drivers, specifically — after landing a gig at The Great American Trucking Show in Dallas a few years ago.
“I still play in Nashville, but I found a home in the trucking industry,” she says, adding drivers and musicians have much in common: “We leave our families and stay on the road, and that’s our job,” she says.
With empathy came even greater appreciation, Lawler says, “and I really started making a connection with who truck drivers are and where their heads and hearts are. It’s such a loyal industry with just good ol’ American values.”
It’s helped her songwriting blossom, too, she says. Her goal when writing new music is to create something made for trucking and about trucking but that also resonates outside the industry.
On her most recent album, “The Long Haul,” the title track works as both a general “female empowerment song,” Lawler says, and a theme for women in the industry (and for Women in Trucking, of which Lawler is a member). “Female drivers know it’s written for them. It’s kind of a powerful female anthem, hopefully,” she says.
The other is a duet she named “He Loves the Road,” written for outgoing TCA Chairman Gary Salisbury. It tells the story of Salisbury and his wife and riffs on “the struggle of having a love affair with the road,” Lawler says.