‘Highways and heart attacks’ to trucker Will Beeley’s place in the American songbook

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Updated Feb 22, 2021
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Thanks to the Tompkins Square record label and the man behind the voice you’ll hear in the song at the top of the podcast (via players above and below). Will Beeley’s new “Highways and Heart Attacks” record is the singer-songwriter and hazmat pressurized tank hauler’s third full-length. Today, the Kenan Advantage Group driver (in a team with his wife) lives in New Mexico, but his roots are in Texas.

Trucker-songwriter Will Beeley (left) with music journalist Edd Hurt at the Grimery’s Record Store on Trinity Lane in Nashville last month.Trucker-songwriter Will Beeley (left) with music journalist Edd Hurt at the Grimery’s Record Store on Trinity Lane in Nashville last month.

His story in music reaches back to his youth there in the late 1960s, runs through an iconic record label in Jackson, Mississippi, and extends on up into the present day, with his new record following 40 years after his last, called “Passing Dream.” Nashville-based music writer Edd Hurt views that 1979 slab as an overlooked classic in the American songbook.

In this edition of Overdrive Radio, take a run through parts of Hurt’s and my own interviews with Beeley attendant to a special treat in the day to day of this trucking-business writer back in September. Beeley was in Nashville performing attendant to AmericanaFest. Take a listen:

Those interested can find Beeley’s music both old and new via the usual online platforms, likewise direct from the Tompkins Square record label via this link.Those interested can find Beeley’s music both old and new via the usual online platforms, likewise direct from the Tompkins Square record label via this link.
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