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Truckie tribute: Singer-songwriter releases emotional salute

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Trucking songs and country music have been friends for a long time, and Victorian singer-songwriter Craig Lloyd’s new single, They Know, released today, joins the ranks of these beloved story songs.

A long-time supporter of the Victorian Truck Drivers’ Memorial, Lloyd wrote the song to pay tribute to those in the trucking industry who have lost their lives on the road.

The former Murrindindi Shire Council staff member got involved with the memorial because it was close to the council office in Alexandra where they hold a major truck show each year.

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Singer-songwriter Craig Lloyd.

“I volunteered with others to get the memorial committee up and running, and through that I got to meet lots of the families who’d lost loved ones in the trucking industry,” he said.

“I have played a role in the annual service on the June long weekend and this song is recognising the significant contribution truckies make on our roads – they are the lifeblood of our economy.

“I wanted to recognise and pay tribute to the big sacrifice the truck drivers make themselves because it’s hard on their health, they work unsociable hours, and is hard on their families, so this is a nod to the contribution they make.”

Due to the nature of the song, and Lloyd’s background, he said the song flowed quite easily when he was writing it, but he also kept revisiting it.

“I wanted to make sure I was being sensitive to the families because it’s such a sensitive topic, and I hope to be singing it at the memorial, and other truck memorials around the country, I wanted to make sure I was getting it right,” he said.

Produced by Damian Cafarella and featuring the talents of Damian and Lachlan Bryan playing on the track, Lloyd recorded the vocal in his shed due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

To listen to They Know, just click on the play icon below. For more information on where to download your own copy, click here.

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