‘Roll On, Truck Driving Girl’: Introducing trucker-songwriter Lisa Godino
Harmony, N.J.-based Lisa Godino (pictured) is a self-proclaimed “folk artist just trying to make a little noise anywhere I can,” she says. It’s not always easy, as the kind of noise she’s talking about isn’t of the Class 8 diesel variety but music, and with “50 hours a week’s worth of trucking, it’s difficult to find the time, but I keep trying to write as much as I possibly can,” she says.
It’s clear to me at least that she manages to do both in high volume — and quality. With 23 years of hauling under her belt, mostly in the immediate vicinity of her home state, today in a 1996 Mack with New Jersey’s F&M Transportation (also where she got her start hauling a milk tank, before other gigs), Godino’s lately moved into trucking-music territory with several tunes penned straight from the meaningful core of her on-highway life.
You can get a good listen to some of them by visiting the site of her “Plum Run” recording project with longtime partner and expert banjo and guitar player Chuck Winch.
And check out the video below for her “Roll On, Truck Driving Girl” track. “It’s word for word my experience,” she says. Well worth the listen.
You can find other vids from Godino’s performances via YouTube here. Enjoy.