“Truck On” has a dual meaning. The song is about the resilience of truckers, who continue to drive on regardless of hardship. But it’s also a pledge to the country that we will get through this pandemic and “truck on.”
“The idea for ‘Truck On’ came to me as my wife and I were driving across the country during the pandemic,” Schneider told Taste of Country. “It was more evident than ever before that what keeps our country moving and alive and strong is truck drivers. I’ve never seen so many trucks on the road in my life, to the point where we couldn’t pull our motor home over to a rest area because they were all full.”
Schneider, 60, said a portion of the album’s proceeds will go to St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund, which helps over-the-road and regional truck drivers who lost work because of the pandemic. You can learn more about the organization at truckersfund.org/.
“It is not just a tribute but a salute to all our truck driving men and women, as well as their families that keep us going,” Schneider told the website.
This isn’t Schneider’s first ode to truckers. Schneider released “Roy” last year about a cross-country race between two truckers. The video is full of references to Dukes of Hazzard and Smokey and the Bandit. He also released a song to support President Donald Trump last year called “Trump Card.”
Along with his music, Schneider appears in the Tyler Perry crime drama The Haves and the Have Nots.
John Schneider Discusses Being Cast in ‘Dukes of Hazzard’
John Schneider recently explained that he never expected to be cast in the show that made him famous. When he first heard of the audition, it was clear the producers wanted someone who was similar to Bo Duke. The New York native said he was far from that. At the time, he was living in Atlanta with his mother and had just recently finished high school.
“I was just out of high school, I went to summer school,” Schneider said during a Youtube video. “I was doing a show called the Manhattan Yellow Pages down in the Omni International Hotel in Atlanta. Doing the Academy theater, doing Shakespeare, doing all kinds of theater. And washing cars. I had a little car washing business on the weekends. We didn’t call it detailing because we didn’t know what that was yet. Anything to try to make a little money and be able to pay my auto insurance, my car payment.”
So Schneider borrowed a friend’s pickup truck, dressed in boots and a tee-shirt, and bought himself a six-pack of beer. At his audition, he opened up a can, leaned back, and started offering people beers. His schtick quickly impressed one of the executive producers, who gave him the part in the show.