Jayne fly­ing a flag for truck­ies

Coun­try songstress proud to write Aussie driv­ing tunes

Big Rigs - - NEWS - Kate Dodd kate.dodd@bi­grigs.com.au

IF AUSSIE coun­try singer and song­writer Jayne Den­ham had a dol­lar for ev­ery time a truckie told her the song Ad­dicted to the Diesel helped keep them awake at night as they drove down the dark, lonely high­ways, she’d be a very rich woman.

When she wrote the song, she’d hoped it would help a driver on a long night shift, and it seems to have worked.

“It’s sort of funny, I don’t per­son­ally drive trucks, though a lot think I do. My fam­ily had a busi­ness so I did spend a lot of time out in trucks de­liv­er­ing when I was younger but that’s the only af­fil­i­a­tion I had with trucks,” Jayne said.

Jayne has been writ­ing and record­ing al­bums for the last 12 years af­ter re­leas­ing a song called Cousin Jude about a girl in Tam­worth who drove trucks, which was re­leased as a sin­gle with a video clip.

“The rest is his­tory – ev­ery al­bum (I’ve writ­ten) has had a truck­ing song on it ever since,” she said.

Jayne said since that first song, she’d learnt so much about the truck­ing in­dus­try and loved be­ing some­one who could “fly the flag” for driv­ers.

“It’s been re­ally fun meet­ing so many peo­ple. I get in­spi­ra­tion talk­ing to driv­ers, they give me ideas,” she said.

“I al­ways get the lyrics checked. It’s re­ally im­por­tant it has to lyri­cally flow, but (I need to make sure) the con­tent is cor­rect.

❝mates I send my

the lyrics and get them to check it. It makes it fun for them too, they say ‘Jayne you need to do it this way’.

— Jayne Den­ham

“It’s been re­ally fun over the years. I send my mates the lyrics and get them to check it. It makes it fun for them too, they say ‘Jayne you need to do it this way’.

“It’s fun for them and it makes it a team ef­fort.”

But it’s not just the Aussie truck­ies who love Jayne – so do our mates over in the US.

“I was in­vited to per­form, I went back over there in June again this year to go to the Shell Su­per Rigs Show in Vir­ginia,” Jayne said.

“It started two years ago when I got in­vited to the Dal­las Truck Show. They heard about what I do in Aus­tralia and in­vited me to per­form. Ev­ery­one was like ‘there’s this chick singing truck songs!’

“I’ve been back and forth over the years, it’s been a lot of fun.

“I think they like the Aussie flavour and they ask me about the Aus­tralian truck driv­ers and what’s dif­fer­ent.

“It’s a bit of fun, I just say that they drive on the wrong side of the road.”

Jayne will be at the Academy of Coun­try Mu­sic Tam­worth un­til July 14 or you can buy her lat­est al­bum, Calamity, to have a lis­ten to her new tunes for your­self.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

TRUCKIE SONGS: Jayne Den­ham loves to sing about truck­ies she’s met and their sto­ries.

Jayne Den­ham's lat­est al­bum is Calamity.

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