Recording artist, TCA Highway Angel spokesperson Lindsay on 2nd tour
After performing at the 2010 Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Texas, Lindsay Lawler formed a partnership with the TCA and has since been named the official spokeswoman of its Highway Angels program. (Courtesy: KEVIN HUBBARD, Terminal Image Design)
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country recording artist and Highway Angel program spokesperson Lindsay Lawler will hit the road later this month for her second annual Highway Angel Truck Stop Tour.
TravelCenters of America will reprise its role as host to this year's series of events.
The tour, designed to promote a better trucking industry image through the exposure of the Truckload Carriers Association's Highway Angel program, will kick off at 9 a.m. on May 21 at the Knoxville, Tennessee, West TA location.
Spanning five months, performances will also take place in Nevada, Alabama, Virginia, New York and Minnesota.
"The TCA's goal of putting the spotlight on great deeds by the professional truck driving community through the Highway Angel program is consistent with what we do each day," Tom O'Brien, president and CEO of TravelCenters of America, said. "Like the TCA, we promote all that is good about our industry and Lindsay's concerts provide a way for all of us to say 'thank you' to our customers through her unique musical and vocal talent."
Lawler said the tour’s initial run proved successful.
"We had so many drivers come to each location, thrilled that they hadn't been forgotten and feeling like finally someone noticed and was rewarding their hard work,” she said. “It's a great feeling being able to provide free music and entertainment to some of the hardest working men and women our nation has to offer."
Another tour objective is rebuilding relations between the trucking and country music industries.
"Country music and trucking used to be synonymous with one another,” she said. “While the country music industry continues to sing of the hardworking, middle-class man or woman just trying to live the American dream — by all means a definition of those working in the trucking industry — the relationship between the two declined at some point. I'd love to see it prosper once again."
Each tour stop features an hour-long acoustic performance by Lawler from atop her flatbed truck stage provided by Fikes Truck Line of Hope, Arkansas, as well as a live broadcast radio component.
All tour stops are posted on the tour's official website, www.truckstoptour.com, and are subject to change.
Launched in August 1997, the Highway Angel program has recognized hundreds of drivers for the unusual kindness, courtesy, and courage they have shown others while on the job. To nominate a driver or learn more about the program and its honorees, visit the Highway Angel Web page at www.truckload.org/Highway-Angel or Facebook page at on.fb.me/tcanews.
Born and raised in Texas, Lawler spent several years performing in Los Angeles before making her way to Nashville, Tennessee, in 2007. After performing at the 2010 Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, she formed a partnership with the TCA and has since been named the official spokeswoman of its Highway Angels program. Her single, “Highway Angel,” has given her exposure as an artist and become an anthem for truck drivers. She also wrote and recorded “Long Haul,” a salute to female truck drivers. Lawler continues to support the truck driving community through her performances around the country and her radio show “On The Road To Nashville.”
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