Real deal

| June 01, 2006

Singer/songwriter GM Paterson’s latest album Real tells the story of his trucking life.

After driving 1.5 million miles and spending 13 years sleeping in the cab of a truck, GM Paterson knows what he’s singing about.

Paterson’s new CD Real is a compilation of 13 original songs, chronicling his life as a truck driver and country music singer. Paterson and his band Overdrive play a rock n’ roll form of country that appeals to both country and rock fans, he says.

“I’ve created my own genre of music,” Paterson says. “It’s country rock with a road edge, I like to call it.”

Paterson owns Tennline Incorporated, a fleet of seven trucks, five semis and two partial-load tractor-trailers that haul steel, lumber, produce and other freight. But his trucks do more than just haul freight. At the Great American Trucking Show last year, Paterson used several of his trailers as his stage.

Originally from Ontario, Canada, Paterson has been touring with his band in the lower 48 for four years. Paterson is a driver spokesperson for IdleAire Technologies, a service that lets truckers pay to hook up to electricity and an HVAC unit at truckstops instead of idling.

Paterson started driving in his late 20s, and owning a company has given him an opportunity to get to know the industry even more, he says.

“I practice what I preach, as far as being in the industry,” Paterson says. “I really do know what it’s like to be out here. I know the feelings and emotions.”

His new album is dedicated to North American truck drivers, Paterson says. He calls himself a “lifestyle performer,” because his lyrics and daily life cannot be separated.

“I have respect for those people who are willing to make those sacrifices,” Paterson says. “I try to make my lyrics indicative of the real side of that lifestyle.”

Paterson writes all of his own songs, including, “Pain by Numbers” and “Thousand Miles from Tennessee.” “The Real McCoy” talks about his life as a truck driver and musician.

Paterson will be performing at the Western Maryland Trucking Show Aug. 26 on his own flatbed trailer. For a complete touring schedule and album info, log on to
–Rachel Telehany

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