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Truckin’ tunes

Let’s get 2013 off to a rockin’ bloggin’ start by taking a look at some hot new truckin’-related tunes, available now at your local favorite online downloading depository or your preferred truckstops – or, if you’re an old-school rocker like me, maybe at your favorite brick-and-mortar music store … if you can still find one, that is, and manage to pull your rig into the parking lot.

Overdrive Senior Editor Todd Dills recently filled readers in on the latest happenings of B&B Transport company driver Tony Justice. Dills first wrote about Justice’s “On the Road” record after he self-released the collection of 14 rockin’-country trucking tracks in late 2011. Dills, writing in Overdrive’s then-sister publication Truckers News, called Justice’s CD a “new standard for classic country-inflected trucking music.” After an initial run of the CD sold out at Pilot Flying J locations starting in December 2011 and extending into the next year, Justice independently inked a deal with Nashville-based Ingram Distribution.

Overdrive’s upcoming February 2013 issue is scheduled to take a look at another truck driver turned chart-topping traditional country singer, Bobby Dean, who has found some success with his sophomore Lamon Records album, Country Country. His song “Me and George Strait” topped the New Music Weekly Chart and entered the Top 80 on Music Row’s Chart in September. His newest single, “You Can’t Drink ’Em All,” is currently at NMW, MR, Billboard and MediaBase. A native of Kent, Wash., Dean now lives near Seattle, where he owns and operates a successful trucking company and is happy he’s “living the dream.”

Veteran southern rock band Drive-By Truckers has been a fixture on the alternative country-rock charts for more than a decade now, and the acclaimed band led by Patterson Hood recently compiled its first-ever “best-of” collection, “Ugly Buildings, Whores and Politicians: Greatest Hits 1998-2009,” featuring songs from the group’s eight albums, including “Southern Rock Opera,” “Decoration Day,” “The Dirty South,” “A Blessing & A Curse” and others. The CD was compiled by Hood and features liner notes by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke.

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Dean Smallwood is managing editor of Commercial Carrier Journal and Overdrive. He has more than two decades of journalism experience, with more than half of that spent covering the transportation industry.

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