Above, run through some of the scenes last week Sunday, September 25, out at the Joplin, Mo., Petro, where one special convoy was staged for what is a special song from trucker/singer-songwriter Tony Justice. The convoy was long in the making, for sure — I recall Justice talking about the idea as early as March of this year — and came off well from all reports in spite of a growing rain threat that would have put a bit of a cloud over Big Rig Videos’ Chris Fiffie‘s intentions to get plenty of rolling footage for an eventual music video.
If you’ve been following along the past week with my colleague Wendy Parker’s blog, you’ll know that the 100-mile, 14-truck convoy came off without a hitch. It brought together military veterans and patriotically decorated rigs, sometimes in the same unit, to produce a music video for a song that ties together U.S. patriotism, the sacrifices made by our military veterans, and the American truck driver. Tony Justice’s “Stars, Stripes and White Lines” is set for release as a single likely in the new year, sure likewise to be included on the trucker’s next record.
Enjoy the staging video above, with background audio from Justice’s Great American Trucking Show performance of the song to end his set there. (You can hear the performance in full via this link.) And you can read more about the truckers and military veterans participating in the convoy via the pictures and reporting below:
Owner-operator Jerry Reed of Cassville, Mo., served in the Army and Reserves between the years of 1981 and 1994. Today, leased to power-only Powersource Transportation out of Griffith Indiana, he totes trailers to and from dealers, manufacturers and customers.
Owner-operator Cheryl Pollard, aka “Baby Doll” on the weekly Truckin’ Roundup show available on Spreaker, brought along Army veteran and longtime driver Jeff Scales in her Rudolph Freight rig for the “Stars, Stripes and White Lines” run.
Truckers not already mentioned or pictured above included:
Earl Doc Blackmon
and Grant Maxey, whom you can read about in this post from earlier this week on Wendy Parker’s blog:
During the shooting of film footage for the upcoming Tony Justice “Stars, Stripes and White Lines” video, we had the pleasure and honor of running ...
Catch better audio of Justice’s performance of “Stars, Stripes and White Lines” in the final song in this audio from his performance at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Texas, in August:
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