As a kid, I always dreamed of having a song on the radio and today that dream is coming true. While I have had songs being played on local radio, today this song "Open Road" is being released to Commercial Canadian Radio Stations for an 8 week run! This is a song that is on the album "To Be Continued..." being released on Oct 12, 2018. You know, road trips mean different things to different people. For you and me, they're an adventure. You just need a full tank of gas, a big cup of coffee, some great music and the Open Road. But to a long-haul driver, it's another story.
I met a trucker once and we started talking about the road. I said, it must be hard being away from family. He admitted it was, but surprised me by saying his phone keeps them connected. He and his kids video-chat after school, during games and before bed; if they have a problem, they know they can call him anytime. So no matter where he is, he's always there when they need him. That was a real eye-opener. After we spoke, I watched him get back in his truck with his dog. It reminded me of my old dog Smokey — he loved to howl — so I put him in the song too.
The dog in the video is actually my friend Anna’s dog Jack. He got the gig after I visited her and found out sirens make him howl. During the shoot, Jack was a bit nervous at first. He had never been in a big 18-wheeler and we were on the 401 near Windsor, one of the busiest highways in Canada. But after about 15 minutes he hopped onto Trucker Phil's lap. We played a siren on the phone and off he went. His howling was so much fun, we all joined in! My co-pilot for this trip, Neilson Hubbard, produced the song, sings background vocals and his video production company — Neighbourhoods Apart — helped capture the feel of being out on the Open Road. So fill up your tank, grab your coffee, crank it up and get ready to howl! A shout out as well to my songwriting friend Fab Ingratta and Reno Vespa of K-9 Trucking, my producer Neilson Hubbard and the guys in the band who brought this song to life! Believe in your dreams and go for them...they may actually come true someday!