The fifth annual Overdrive-Red Eye Radio Trucker Talent Search received more than 35 entries from talented truckers who love to sing. A panel of judges reviewed all the entries and has chosen a top 10. Over the next week, Overdrive will feature each of the top 10 singers in advance of announcing the three finalists who will compete live for first place at The Great American Trucking Show in Dallas in August.
B.J. Williams of Lavergne, Tennessee
Company driver, Ryder Integrated Logistics
Has been trucking for 20 years
Song title: “Tennessee Blues Man”
Why did you pick this song? I am originally from Jackson, Mississippi, and grew up around blues clubs, etc.
How long have you been singing? Trying to sing for over 30 years.
Do you write your own songs? I do.
Where do you get inspiration? I try to write songs with a positive meaning. The Tennessee blues is what I knew growing up. I wrote “Half the Man” for my momma.
Do you play any instruments? I play at the guitar and (at) the piano. I make my recordings myself.
The Trucker Talent Search culminates with a live contest featuring three finalists. The first-place winner receives a $1,000 cash prize, plus a recording session courtesy of AxleOutPro. The contest will be emceed by Tony Justice, who will also perform during the event.