This is a straight-up, honest-to-goodness country classic. A paean to that staple of the genre, the truck, and peopled with place-name-checks, familiar imagery and loads of musical jiggery-pokery, it ticks just about every box imaginable in its melodic and lyrical journey along the dusty roads of North America.
Rob’s voice twangs as hard as the guitars and it feels like it was as fun to record as it was to write – Kristin K. Smith and Skot Bradley both joined forces with Rob Georg on the songwriting. There are several signature moments to enjoy here: when the gang vocals kick in, the key change and the fabulous picking and slide guitar skills being showcased throughout, the ‘Yee-ha!’ at the end…
It’s essentially a ‘trucker tribute song’, according to Rob; ‘a thank you in (the) form of handmade country music’. Further, it’s a reflection on ‘life behind the wheel’. As such, it saunters and gently rocks through a warming and friendly arrangement which feels instantly familiar and yet is clearly its own beast, too.
I can imagine that when the phrase ‘beast made of steel’ arrived on the pages of his songwriting notebook, Rob was clear he was on to a good thing! Another great idea was to get truckers from all over to send in stills to compile into the accompanying video. It all helps to add authenticity to proceedings.
The mix is a delightful thing, too – the keyboards, slide guitar and acoustics have been placed right across the stereo spread, each occupying its own space, with Rob’s vocal firmly front and centre. There are a couple of nice guitar solos to enjoy, too.
It’s warm, fuzzy and comforting, as well as accomplished and tuneful. It’s rare to find a song that wears its influences and target so plainly upon its sleeve – it’s a totally refreshing experience.