Freddy French of Addison, Illinois, has been playing music since he was 12 years old. The singer-songwriter submitted a video of “White Sheets” for this year’s Overdrive-Red Eye Radio’s Trucker Talent Search, and he has been selected as a top 10 semi-finalist. The song is “an original I wrote about the troubles in our country,” he says.
French owns a canary yellow 2015 Peterbilt 579, which he drives for D&E Transport out of Clearwater, Minnesota. He runs all 48 states and Canada, pulling a Conestoga flatbed.
A multi-instrumentalist, French plays six-string electric, acoustic 12-string and lead electric guitar. He also plays bouzouki, and electric and upright bass. “I love the way that music makes me feel as well how it can heal your soul,” French says. “I love it when someone finds something in my music that heals them or they can relate to.”
Judges will pick three finalists this summer. The Trucker Talent Search culminates in late August with an online broadcast of each finalist performing an additional song to compete for the top prize, which is a day’s recording session at a Nashville studio. The winner also will be profiled in Overdrive.
The online event will be part of Overdrive’s GATS Week, when major events that had been scheduled for the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas will be held as virtual evening events Aug. 24-28. More details will be announced.
Entry videos from all 10 semi-finalists can be seen on youtube.