country music

Shout-outs from Dallas, Nashville, via studios mobile and not so

2 p.m. Friday at GATS 2013, choices abound close to home -- and more from the show and Tony Justice's vocal session in Nashville earlier in the week...

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Wrestling diva carries country tunes

With the May release of "Somebody's Gonna Pay," pro wrestling's Renaissance woman Mickie James goes big with musical pursuits.

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Tony Justice: New record in the works, expanded distribution

Driver and songwriter Tony Justice plans a follow-up to his 2011 "On the Road" release, which is getting new distribution to Love's, Wilco.

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A trucking-music blast from the past

"Magic Lady" Genie Mack Brown of Prague, Okla., has reissued her 1980 trucking-music record, propelled by the 1979 independent truckers' shutdown, after which she also became an owner-operator.

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Back ‘On the Road’

Driver and songwriter Tony Justice’s trucking CD is back on the truckstop racks, blazing new trails for independent artists -- and benefiting a good cause.

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Willie’s Place

I learned today about the truck stop in Carl's Corner, Texas, formerly known as Willie's Place. Learned by visiting it for the first time. Diane and I woke up this morning at this truck stop. We spent the night there on our way to this afternoon's pick up. It is a Petro now but not so long ago it was Willie's Place, named for Willie Nelson, the renowned country singer who ...

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Lawler wants trucking message to spread

Country music singer Lindsay Lawler took a shine to the trucking industry – and drivers, specifically – after landing a gig at the Great American Trucking Show.

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‘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 ...

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Top of his game: Leland Martin in Truckers News this month

I had the pleasure of interviewing and writing about Leland Martin for this month's issue of Truckers News, available here. Among today’s trucking troubadours, with a new record out in large part inspired by his work with one particular specialized hauler, Martin stands at the top of the mountain looking down, a position well-deserved after a lifetime of guitar picking with no shortage of truck driving to boot. His new Workin’ Class record makes good on ...

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New vids from owner-operator/songwriter Howard Salmon

I caught up with Howard Salmon at the TA in downtown Nashville a couple weeks back now -- it'd been more than a year since the last time we'd been able to meet up, and he had much to tell. His independent trucking business, hauling in a 1999 Kenworth W900 with a reefer and loading mostly brokered freight around the states, continues well, though like so many out there he's put in long rounds without a ...

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