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Todd Dills

Tippin tips his hat

| January 23, 2009

Overdrive, available for preorder here, has been in the works for a while, says Tippin. “>I’ve had my heart set on doing this album for a long time. Now, with the current economic state, I’m reminded of the unsung heroes of the road, that legion of devoted Americans, some 4 million strong, who make their living in the trucking industry and hammer down, day after day. And I wanted to make this record for them.”

Overdrive sister pub Truckers News told the story of the former dry-freight hauler Tippin’s rise to country music prominence in this detailed cover story in TN’s October 2001 issue.

Available Feb. 3, the new album features several great old tunes, but can you guess which one’s my favorite?

emIn Overdrive will be available on the NIPPIT Records Country Crossing label, distributed by RED Distribution. Tracks include:

emEast Bound and Down
Truck Drivin’ Man
Drivin’ My Life Away
Six Days On The Road
Chicken Truck
The Ballad Of Danger Dave and Double Trouble
Prisoner of The Highway
Girl On The Billboard
Long White Line
Movin’ On
White Knight
Roll On
Drivin’ Fool
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Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to or via phone at 205-907-2481.


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