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Lynyrd Skynyrd continues long-haul legacy with new record

Lynyrd Skynyrd's new "Last of a Dyin' Breed" record runs hard with themes of the passing of a generation of highwaymen and -women. Interviews here with guitarist/Blackfoot founding member Rickey Medlocke and tour hauler Dale Macon.

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No Doubt behind the big-rig wheel with ‘Settle Down’

Band No Doubt's first single release in a decade comes with a video featuring the crew rendezvousing for a reunion party behind the wheels of big rigs.

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Rapper 50 cent rear-ended by … a lesser-known Kool Keith track

Over on the Juice blog at Billboard's website, word is rapper 50 Cent (pictured) collided with a Mack truck on the Long Island Expressway after the driver's load shifted, causing him to lose control of the rig. (The driver was OK.) Many of you may remember 50's "In Da Club" record from 2003, whose rolling rhythms were near inescapable from the windows of all manner of vehicles for years following. But 2003 also happens to be the ...

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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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Downtime pursuits: More road music from Tennessee

Tony Justice moving down the roadFirst up, Allen Smith over at AsktheTrucker.com reports Tony Justice (featured in the blog here and here and last month in Truckers News) will be performing at a pre-Grammy Awards showcase in Hollywood Feb. 12. Congrats, Tony! If you haven't seen it as yet, look for his excellent "On the Road" trucking-country record at Pilot stores nationwide. For more about the show, check out the AsktheTrucker.com story here. Cumberland Collective revisitedSecondly, I ...

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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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Cumberland Collective: Road music to keep an ear out for

I had the rare opportunity to pay witness to a recording session Wednesday night in Nashville at Blackbird Studios -- a group called the Cumberland Collective (a couple of members of which I'm familiar with via the folks-in-their-30s-with-kids-needing-an-occasional-babysitter circuit) had opened up the doors on the 45-track studio to turn the 10-hour session into something of a drop-in-and-hangout affair, inviting family, friends and others. With several songwriters of widely varying styles among them -- principally Mike ...

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About truckin’ time: Tony Justice record in stores Dec. 6

"It’s about truckin’ time," says Tony Justice, East Tennessee-based B&B Transport driver and the songwriter behind the upcoming "On the Road" album (I wrote about it last month here). It's due out in all Pilot Flying J stores Dec. 6. It's a trucking album by a trucker and for truckers, Justice notes, and stay tuned on a feature in the January edition of Truckers News I've penned about the accomplishment (it's a rockin'-country record you're sure ...

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‘Talented truckers’ TV show looking for … talented truckers

A television production company has a rather off-the-wall idea it's helping one of the major cable channels develop -- it wants to create a talent-competition-type series (a la American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, et al) that plays out on location at, well, a truck stop. And in the spirit of radio truck driver talent hours and other such showcases, they want  the crooners, musicians, comedians, dancers, jugglers, you name it, among the nation's long- ...

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