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Country Artists and TV Stars Party with Red Eye Radio at the Great American Trucking Show

DALLAS, TX – August 17, 2015 – Westwood One’s Red Eye Radio network is turning up the heat for this month’s Great American Trucking Show in Dallas with live musical performances from Country artists John Anderson, Waterloo Revival, LOCASH, and Tony Justice and visits by A&E stars Marc Springerfrom Shipping Wars and Big Smo from Big Smo.

The Great American Trucking Show, a trucking convention with over 500,000 feet of exhibit space, will take place August 27-29, 2015 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.  Eric Harley and Gary McNamara, hosts of Red Eye Radio, will be on site to introduce attendees to the sizzling lineup of country music artists and celebrities. The special guests will visit Red Eye Radio’s lobby booth, as well as an additional booth in the Health and Wellness Pavilion on the show floor, for signing autographs, taking photos, and talking with drivers. For specific days, schedule, and details visit www.redeyeradioshow.com.

Visitors to the booth will also be able to register for a chance to win a Can-Am Spyder ATV, Enroll for Truck Bucks and receive a FREE Money Clip, Daily Drawings for CB Radios, GPS Units, Justin Original Workboots, and much more.  Support for Red Eye Radio’s 2015 Great American Trucking Show events and activities include Mercer Transportation, Truck Bucks, ToughTested, Pilot Flying J, Chevron Delo, Western Star Trucks, GCR Tire Centers, Motorkote, Elite Support, Taxation Solutions, and Motel 6.

Red Eye Radio is the longest running nationally syndicated radio program focused on the needs of the trucking industry.  The show airs overnights Monday-Friday, 12 Midnight airing Monday through Friday, Midnight-5:00 am CT. For more than 40 years, the show has been a part of the fabric of the trucking industry. Red Eye Radio has done this by consistently providing professional drivers up-to-the-minute news, information and entertainment that creates a positive in-cab experience while helping truckers become more efficient and stay entertained while on the road. The audience includes shift workers, travelers, truck drivers and others who embrace the new 24/7 lifestyle, with many restaurants, retailers and other business establishments open round the clock.

Stations interested in Red Eye Radio can contact Stuart Greenblatt at sgreenblatt@westwoodone.com or (212) 419-2946.

About the Artists

John Anderson – Raised in Apopka, FL, Anderson was exposed to both rock and traditional country growing up and, as incendiary rock outfits like Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Lynyrd Skynyrd honed their chops around him, learned to love (and play) both types of music. But Anderson resisted the call of rock ‘n roll, electing rather to pursue his country music dreams. It was the traditional country ballads that lured him in and changed music history, songs like Porter Waggoner’s “Green, Green Grass of Home.” Anderson moved to Nashville in 1972, working construction by day (including as a roofer at the Grand Ole Opry House) and playing the honky-tonks at night. He signed to Warner Bros. in 1977, notching his first major hit in 1980 with Billy Jo Shaver’s “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Someday).” Other hits, including the classic “Wild and Blue” in 1982, solidified his status as a powerful new voice in country music. “Swingin’,” written by Anderson and Lionel Delmore, blew the roof off a year later, exploding to No. 1 on the Billboard Country chart, propelling Anderson to the CMA Horizon Award, and becoming one of the most enduring hits in the country canon.

Waterloo Revival – The duo first met in middle school and continued to play together through high school, but parted ways so the guys could pursue an education. Cody headed to the University of North Texas in Denton, while George stayed in their hometown of Austin to attend the University of Texas.  After graduation, George found work in Austin's commercial real estate scene, while Cody had a full-time job in mortgages in Dallas. The pair, who'd remained close through college, would play together during Cody's visits back home. By 2012, their musical chemistry was undeniable and George made the hard sell, convincing Cody to leave his 9-to-5 and return home in order for them to focus all their energy into music. WATERLOO REVIVAL was soon born, taking its moniker from their beloved hometown.  "Before it was Austin, our hometown was called Waterloo," Cody explains. "Eventually, it was renamed to honor the 'Father of Texas' Stephen F. Austin."

LOCASH – The LOCASH story so far has been quite exciting. When looking back at their career path so far, Brust said “We performed in Times Square on New Years’ Eve. That’s one of those coveted live performance slots that a lot of people never get to do – even as an icon. So, that was an energy we had never felt before, watching the ball drop. I think having Keith Urban recording ‘You Gonna Fly’ and giving us our first number one song really changed it all, and Tim McGraw doing ‘Truck Yeah’ a few months later was huge for us as songwriters. That was him comeback single on Big Machine, and to be a part of that was a great moment for us. Playing the Grand Ole Opry was a big moment, and that where we got the idea for ‘The Best Seat in the House,’ so one thing kind of led itself to the other on that. It all becomes one big journey and one big memory that we are as excited about now as when we started out at the Wildhorse Saloon,” a reference to where the guys first united their musical talents together over a decade ago in the club’s DJ booth.

Big Smo – Big Smo's story begins on the farm he grew up on—the farm that is still home. "I can still remember the smell of the fresh cut hay and how blue the sky was," he says. "I had hard-working grandparents and even harder-working parents that had great family values. I was always into music and was always writing on the side." With the release of his major-label debut (June 3 on Warner Bros. records), titled Kuntry Livin', a 13-song look inside the mind and music of one of the world's true originals. Followed by a debut of an A&E original series, "Big Smo," centered on the country rapper, and it's obvious this larger-than-life Tennessean has entered new territory with every bit of the edge that brought him here. 

Tony Justice