Singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson to perform at GATS

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Acclaimed singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson will take the stage at the Dallas Convention Center Friday night, Aug. 26, in a free concert for Great American Trucking Show attendees sponsored by Mobil Delvac heavy-duty diesel engine oil.

A native of Montgomery, Ala., Johnson’s latest album, an ambitious 25-song double entitled “The Guitar Song,” recently went gold and is up for Album of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards. The album also received two Grammy nominations – Country Album of the Year and Best Male Country Vocal performance for “Macon.”

Johnson rocketed to Nashville stardom with songwriter awards for 2005’s “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” which he co-wrote for Trace Adkins, along with Song of the Year awards from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association for co-writing the 2007 George Strait hit, “Give It Away.”

Johnson’s 2008 album, “That Lonesome Song,” was hailed as a masterwork by Rolling Stone, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among others. In 2009, the album brought Johnson a gold record and Song of the Year accolades for the song “In Color.” Johnson has toured with Hank Williams Jr., played Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid and was one of the few country acts to perform at the Bonnaroo festival in June 2010.

“We are thrilled to have a performer of Jamey’s caliber at the Great American Trucking Show,” says Alan K. Sims, vice president/executive director of events for Randall-Reilly, which produces the show. “We’re excited once again to partner with our friends at Mobil Delvac to bring a free concert to truckers who attend GATS.”

“For the ninth year in a row, the Mobil Delvac team would like to thank all the truck drivers for their hard work and dedication that keeps all industries moving, year after year,” says Marci Crigger, commercial vehicle lubricants marketing adviser for ExxonMobil Lubricants and Petroleum Specialties Co., an affiliate of Exxon Mobil Corp. “Jamey Johnson and his band are sure to bring energy and excitement to this year’s show, and we are thrilled to bring such a talented performer to the deserving truck drivers and their families.”

Johnson will appear at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at the Dallas Convention Center. Tickets will be available on a first-come first-served basis beginning Friday at 9 a.m. under the Mobil Delvac tent in the GATS main registration lobby.

The 2011 Great American Trucking Show will feature more than 500 exhibitors, the Custom Rigs’ Pride & Polish National Championship, TruckSmart educational sessions and a Driver Recruitment Pavilion. Once again, GATS will host the Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference, produced in conjunction with Randall-Reilly and the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association, prior to the opening of the show.