It’s been a while since I got an update from driver and songwriter Tony Justice, whom you’ll remember for his “On the Road” record (pictured), released in 2011. He’s gotten a boost recently with further expanded distribution and a new big order of CDs you’ll see this week, he says, on Love’s and Wilco racks, to add to ongoing distribution at TA Petro and Pilot Flying J locations.
What’s perhaps more interesting is what Justice had to say about his work on the follow-up to “On the Road,” which he plans on getting into production with a Nashville session this summer — guess who will be there, with any luck on scheduling… Stay tuned.
Justice is aiming high in his efforts with his music, all done while making his living primarily hauling freight for B&B Transport out of Morristown, Tenn. “I want to have a number one” country hit, he says. “It’s a personal goal.” That’s one of the reasons he’s mixed it up on “On the Road,” cutting his trucking tunes with more standard country fare that the average listener can hear without putting the lyrics through a translation engine.
The new record will proceed in much the same fashion, he adds, something of an equivalent mix, and given his independent inking of distribution deals, he’ll focus further on radio with “three killer songs” in particular to attempt to get airplay. And: “One of the songs I’m talking about is actually a trucking song” with great crossover appeal. “I kind of based it on myself.”
What’s it about? “A guy driving truck chasing the dream of being a championship bull rider – he rides on the weekend,” Justice says, and otherwise delivers stock to the bull rings.
With any luck, like I said, we’ll catch some early tastes of the new material this summer. Keep tuned, shiny side up…