An editorial panel of judges has narrowed the 10 semi-finalists to three finalists in the Overdrive-Red Eye Radio’s Trucker Talent Search.
Guy Archer, Rich Scripps and Mike Sheffield will submit a newly recorded song for the final competition. The songs will debut and a winner will be announced in an online streaming event one evening this summer.
The winner will then head to Jay's Place Recording studio in Nashville for a full day of recording sessions complete with the backing of professional studio musicians, mixers, and producers. One or more recordings from Jay’s Place, as well as a more detailed personal profile, will be published on OverdriveOnline.com.
This contest is produced with partner Red Eye Radio, which will air interviews with the three finalists in the coming weeks. Red Eye’s Eric Harley will emcee the finals event.
In the contest’s first seven years, virtually all contestants entered with either guitar accompaniment or singing a capella. The entries submitted by this year’s finalists, all company drivers, featured Archer on piano and Scripps on ukulele. Sheffield played guitar for his entry.
Archer, 50, drives for Airgas USA. He’s been trucking 28 years. He drives mostly within a 300-mile radius of his Dayton, Ohio, hometown, hauling liquid nitrogen, liquid oxygen and liquid argon.
Scripps, 61, lives in Spring Lake, Michigan. Hauling for Michigan-based Grassmid Transport, Scripps hauls mostly Boar’s Head products.
Sheffield, of Evarts, Kentucky, drives for VV Logistics. He’s 52 years old and has been trucking 29 years. He hauls mostly refrigerated freight.
Here are the initial entry songs submitted by the finalists. Guy Archer: