Badass Trucker Tune
To Align With “Trucker Appreciation Day” As Personal Dedication
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Wednesday, October 4, 2023
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Florida-based singer-songwriter and indie country recording artist Andy Pursell (Southern Dreams Entertainment) announced the scheduled release of his new single “Last Load To Heaven,”* due Wednesday, October 4, 2023, in conjunction with “Trucker Appreciation Day.”
Written by Pursell, and produced by Mark Dryer, "Last Load To Heaven" is a poignant ballad dedicated to the tireless truckers–the unsung heroes who traverse the length and breadth of the country.
The track serves as a powerful homage to Pursell’s longtime friend, depicting a passionate life well-lived and his final haul backing to the pearly gates. The musical narrative is a celebration and a eulogy, pays tribute to the indomitable spirit of truckers and serves as a reminder that while every journey has an end, memories are made to live.
Lyrics like "From boots on to boots off, he's working ‘round the clock" and "He's an angel riding high tonight, made it through a heavy storm" encapsulate the relentless spirit and unwavering determination of road warriors.
“Chris and I made some runs together on weekends; I’m glad we enjoyed the experience before his passing,” Andy Pursell said. “We always talked about writing a song, but never had the opportunity. ‘Last Load To Heaven’ just kind of wrote itself; it’s my tribute to my friend and the everyday truckers that keep America thriving, and who so often go without the recognition they deserve.”
The tune opens with eerie instrumentation revved by big road sounds and deliberate drum beats that parallel fast-paced, dotted pavement markings on the highway. Dryer’s production is a testament to the timeless appeal of iconic country music themes ensuring "Last Load To Heaven" finds a special place in the hearts of listeners across generations. Upbeat, adrenaline-pumping rhythms are a highlight.
“I wanted to enliven the adrenaline that you only feel when you’re movin’ down the road in a big ole truck,” Pursell added. “My producer, Mark Dreyer, and the session players captured the heart-pounding feeling of sitting behind the wheel. We wanted to take the listener for a ride and I think we achieved that.”
No stranger to the trucking industry, Pursell’s family owned a 24-hour roadside service company providing assistance to lone truckers in need of fuel, a tow, or spare parts. He holds his commercial driver’s license and he has driven a variety of semis, from Mack to International trucks, on short and long hauls.
“Trucking is a skill that not everyone is built for. Those who have lost a loved one in the trucking field understand the sacrifices they’ve made. To be a trucker is to be dedicated to keeping America growing. I’m proud to have known one as well as I did,” Pursell said in conclusion.
TRACK INFO Last Load To Heaven Label: Southern Dreams Entertainment Written by: Andy Pursell Produced by: Mark Dreyer Musicians: Mark Dreyer (guitar)/Kevin (Swine) Grantt (bass)/Wayne Killius (drums) Mike Johnson (pedal steel)/Danny Parks (guitar)/Mike Rojas (keys)/Mike Lusk (backup vocals) Distribution: ONErpm Release Date: October 4, 2023 Presale/Pre-Save Event: September 19, 2023 Run Time: 3:37 ###
ABOUT ANDY PURSELL Country recording artist Andy Pursell, who reigns from the “Sunshine State,” found a passion for music and live performance in his late teens. Born and raised in Arcadia, Florida, the former lineman and self-taught guitarist (who embraces the sounds of Waylon Jennings, Garth Brooks, Hank Jr., Mark Chesnutt and Tracy Lawrence) formed the Andy Pursell Band (a group of veteran musicians with more than 40 years of live performance experience combined) in 2015. Shortly thereafter, Andy was recognized as “Favorite New Artist” by the Tampa Bay Music Network (2016). As support act, Andy has shared stages with Alan Jackson, Hunter Hayes, Clay Walker and Montgomery Gentry among others; he’s headlined stages at the Bradenton Area River Regatta, the Smokin’ In The Pines Festival, Manatee Civic Center, Hard Rock Cafe’ (Tampa) and The Ultimate Bullfighters World Finals “The Bulls And Bands Bash.” As spokesperson for, and an ambassador of, Salt Life, he released the single titled “Livin’ In The Salt Life” in 2019. He launched his 2023 Waterfall Series of Singles, introducing “Right Amount Of Wrong” as the lead single in March 2023, followed by “Me Myself & The Tide” which is at country radio now. FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO CONNECT: https://www.andypursellmusic.com/ https://www.instagram.com/andypursellmusic/ https://www.facebook.com/singer.andypursell/