‘Music to Truck By’ back in Overdrive with a third hour


This week’s online radio show, “Big Al” Weekley gives a preview of a new trucking song set to debut November 26 – “Virginia Red” is sung by Weekley’s wife, Sandy Shortridge, who will be performing. familiar as a studio voice on the weekly OverdriveThe Music to Truck By program airs every Friday at 10 a.m. EST.

This week’s show adds a third hour, now airing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST, with music, news and more from the host and a long-haul working him – even at Weekley.

“Virginia Red” is now available on radio for download via AirPlay Direct Where fan pre-orders is slated for an official release on November 26.

“Virginia Red” was co-written by Sandy and Big Al himself. Shortridge has previously written hit songs for Larry Sparks, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, and others. From deep roots in the hills of southwest Virginia, mountain music runs through her veins, and the original “Virginia Red” is special for many reasons to her and the rest of her family.

“It was fun creating a song about Big Al’s adventures with Virginia Red,” Shortridge said. Yes, the song is named after the truck that is its traveler. “The song reveals another side of a trucker’s life that we don’t always think about at home.”

Truckers, Weekley said, “have a special relationship with their truck, just like people, and it’s the story of me and my ‘Virginia Red’ truck. It’s my brother John, a trucker at the retreat, who named the song, and the rest is history. ”

The players supporting Shortridge in the track include: Richard Bennett on guitar, Milom Williams on mandolin, Steve Wilson on banjo, Glen Crain with resonator and guitar, Michael Branch on bass and Sarah Logan and Steve Wilson singing the harmony with Sandy.

“Virginia Red” is now available on radio for download via AirPlay Direct Where pre-orders by fans and is set to release globally on November 26.

Weekley’s OverdriveThe Music to Truck By radio show airs every Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST via the The Bluegrass Jamboree online radio network. Tune in tomorrow to hear more, plus music from and about professional truckers, as well as new and classic country and bluegrass tunes. Weekley also broadcasts news articles and musical contributions from Overdrive.

If you haven’t seen the show in recent weeks, check out podcast reruns of past shows courtesy of Bluegrass Jamboree via the playlist below, with the most recent listed first:


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