MATS entertainment: Who’s on stage?

By Land Line staff | 2/27/2012

From southern rock to gospel, country western to “Nashville soul” – truckin’ music lovers will enjoy what’s in store next month at the Mid-America Trucking Show. The king of trucking shows is planned for March 22-24 in Louisville.

For the fourth consecutive year, MATS will be the venue for Mobil Delvac’s free concert for the attendees.

First, the band known as El Camino kicks things off followed by Blackberry Smoke and finishing up with Nashville’s breakout star James Otto. The concert will be held on-site in Freedom Hall, immediately following the Friday, March 22, truck show. Complimentary tickets will be distributed, while supplies last, from Mobil Delvac’s Booth 18160 in the North Wing.

They are not the only entertainers you’ll find in Louisville that week. Red Eye Radio has a booth in the lobby, and Randy Travis will be signing autographs on Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. Canaan Smith and other artists will also be signing autographs and performing acoustic sets from the Red Eye Radio lobby booth and the Western Star booth.

At noon on Saturday, March 24, singer Terry Wooley will be performing at the Women In Trucking event, “Salute to Women Behind the Wheel” in Room C201-C205 in the Expo’s South Wing. Wooley will be sponsored by Trucker Charity. All female professional drivers and their immediate family are invited to attend. You do not need to be a member of Women In Trucking. Wooley is from Campbellsville, KY, and sings a mixture of trucking, country and gospel music.
There’s more music planned for the truckin’ crowd who plan to be hanging out at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium parking lot. Operation Roger and Trucker Charity are planning an auction Saturday night from 7-10 p.m. in the parking lot.

Every year supporters and sponsors donate items to be auctioned off to help raise funds various charities. This is the fifth year for this auction. A professional local auctioneer will call the auction. Although that’s not music, Operation Roger’s Tony Hamilton guarantees the auctioneer will be “pure entertainment.”

Operation Roger, Trucker Charity and JRB Memorial Fund are all charities that will be providing items for the auction. The event will also include JRB Memorial Fund’s silent auction.

Country singing artist Leland Martin plans to entertain at Papa John’s at 8 p.m. Saturday night with his band, plus special guest Country Dan. Martin will sing some of his hits and promises some rock ‘n’ roll tunes as well.

Martin says the concert – sponsored by OOIDA, by the way – will be a celebration and tribute to Chance Rodger and the Rodgers family. Chance died of cancer in 2011, just before his 16th birthday. He was the grandson of OOIDA Member Jim Rodgers, and his courage made him a favorite in the trucking community.