Going to GATS? Entertainment promises to be first rate

By Land Line staff | 8/21/2017

Truck lovers, drivers and business folks from more than 65 countries are on their way to Dallas this week for the Great American Trucking Show. The show takes place Aug. 24-26 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

Shiny trucks, cool products and extraordinary health pavilion offerings are big draws. In addition, the show promises that music will be topnotch. For truckers who have asked about the entertainment, here’s what you need to know.

OOIDA Member Tony Justice will headline the Take a Load Off With GATS and Uber Freight party on Friday, Aug. 25, at Eddie Deen’s Ranch in downtown Dallas. OOIDA Member Bill Weaver, as well as Jayne Denham, also will be performing. Eddie Deen’s Ranch is across the street from the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, where GATS is taking place.

Justice, a truck driver from Dandridge, Tenn., has gained exposure in the country music world over the past couple of years. He opened for John Michael Montgomery at GATS in 2016 and opened for Thompson Square at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., earlier this year. His latest album, Stars, Stripes and White Lines, was released in lateJune.

Weaver, a truck driver from Flippin, Ark., has also grown in popularity. He performed on the Red Eye Radio Stage at MATS, and he is working on his newest album, Burnin’ the Old School Down.

Denham has earned three No. 1 hits on the Australian country music charts. Read more about her in today’s Tandem Thoughts blog by Land Line Staff Writer Mark Schremmer.

The show at Eddie Deen’s will start at 5:15 p.m. on Friday. Admission to the concert is free with a ticket, which can be found at the Uber Freight booth in Lobby B of GATS.  

In addition to the concert, Red Eye Radio Network will host several live performances at GATS. The musical artists will include Justice, Weaver, Denham, Tyler Farr, Jerrod Niemann and Janie Fricke. The musicians also will visit Red Eye Radio’s lobby booth to sign autographs, take photos and talk with drivers.

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