Alexandria, Virginia — The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) announced that country recording artist Lindsay Lawler, the spokesperson for TCA’s Highway Angel program, is about to begin a concert tour of 26 truck stops across southeast and Midwest America. Her “Highway Angel Truck Stop Tour” is designed to enhance the trucking industry’s image and restore the perception of professional truck drivers as “Knights of the Highway,” TCA officials said.
This first-of-its-kind tour runs from Aug. 19 to Oct. 30, and is sponsored by TravelCenters of America/Petro Stopping Centers (TA/Petro). Each of the stops at the 26 TA/Petro locations will feature an hour-long acoustic performance by Lawler from the top of a flatbed truck, sponsored by Fikes Truck Line, and a live, two-hour radio remote through Renegade Radio Nashville. Trucking carriers and other companies are signing up to be stop sponsors, where they will greet drivers, talk about their services and show general support for Lawler and the trucking industry, TCA officials said.
Tom Kretsinger, Jr., TCA’s chairman and president of American Central Transport, Inc., Liberty, Missouri, said, “We’re very proud of Lindsay, and are lucky to have such a gifted and talented artist as the spokesperson for Highway Angels. The fact that she’s getting out in front of both drivers and local communities at truck stops across America speaks to her devotion to trucking and its ideals.”
Lawler brought TCA’s Highway Angel program into the country music spotlight in 2010, when she wrote a tribute to the program’s honorees — men and women drivers who perform extraordinary acts on the road every day. She became the spokesperson for the program in 2012. Some of her songs, including “For the Long Haul,” “Truckers and Rodeo Crowds” and “He Loves the Road,” contain lyrics that spotlight the trucking lifestyle in a positive way, TCA officials said.
“Since I got involved with the trucking industry, I’ve met the nicest people in the world, particularly drivers, who are like rock stars to me,” Lawler said. “It is my honor and privilege to take my show on the road and hopefully connect with lots of people, both inside and outside of the trucking industry.”
For a listing of tour locations, dates and times, as well as information about how to become a Highway Angel Truck Stop Tour sponsor, please visit TruckStopTour.com.
To nominate a driver as a Highway Angel, or to learn more about the program and its honorees, visit truckload.org/Highway-Angel.
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