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Todd Dills

Live online CD release party for ‘When the Big Rigs Don’t Roll’

| August 16, 2010

Join the proprietors this Wednesday for a live online exclusive release event for a new record aimed squarely at the politically conscious among you. “When the Big Rigs Don’t Roll” is its title, and the country musicians/songwriters behind the 10 songs on the CD, David Ayers and Barry Allen, have birthed several winners in songs like the title track, first penned during a collaborative songwriting session in spring 2008, as the historic diesel-price spike neared its apex and truck convoys began rolling toward Washington, D.C. (check out the Washington Post pic of Ayers giving the thumbs-up to haulers during one such event at the Allen & Ayers website).

Also, a Jason’s Law-inspired ballad is included in “Say a Prayer for Jason” Rivenburg, the New York-based hauler gunned down in South Carolina while parked in an abandoned grocery lot and whose death has inspired the legislation named after him. (I’ve written about it extensively, most recently in June as widespread support continued to grow for the truck parking safety/security legislation.)

The country-inflected record’s well worth a listen, and that means a good bit coming from a rock ‘n’ roll/jazz guy like myself.

Tune into’s Allen Smith’s Truth About Trucking online radio show Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. for the release event — guests will include Ayers and Barry Allen, as well as Jason Rivenburg’s widow Hope Rivenburg and Richie Acosta (the man behind the East Coast Large Cars truck show and whom Truckers News featured in its February 2010 cover story) , who supplied the front cover image of the CD (pictured, along with the back, here). Guests and callers will be able to ask questions live through the Internet and/or via their phones, win free CDs and listen to the stories behind the scenes of the CD’s conception and production.

A performance of songs from the CD will also, Smith and co. say, take place at the Great American Trucking Show Friday, Aug. 27.

  • David Ayers

    Dear Todd,
    Thank you for your great article about our CD and guest for the show.
    When The Big Rigs Don’t Roll
    We appreciate your great review and hope everyone will tune in. Our hope is to bring awareness to the public of the trucking industry issues and hopefully get Jason’s Law passed.
    David Ayers

  • Drivers Alike

    Thank you so much for writing this. And keeping Jason in the hearts of many.

  • Allen Smith

    Thanks for all you and your magazines do for the truck drivers and industry. Jason’s Law is so important for this industry and with everyone pulling together we just might see it happen.

    Thanks again,
    Allen Smith

  • scott graziano s w graziano trucking

    thank you all for you truckers helping us out with jason law jason was a good man alway proud for what he done drove that truck and respected other drivers to he will alway be remembered in my heart we shared good times in truck stops and charity runs

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