Bill Evans, a truck driver from Bonne Terre, Missouri, doesn’t limit his loud singing to only behind the wheel. He loves sharing his voice voice so much, he belts it out whenever, and whenever he gets the chance.
Dubbed “the singing truck driver”, Evans will sing to truck stop patrons while filling up on fuel, during a meal at restaurants along interstates, and regularly in the cab to his wife and co-pilot Karen as they travel the country together in his rig.
“He sings all the time — believe me,” Karen told News-Leader Magazine.
Now his passion for singing is leading him to bigger things, and bigger audiences.
Currently, Evans is competing nationally as a singing truck driver in Overdrive magazine’s “The Voice of the American Trucker” competition. He is one of 32 contestants – three of which are women.
The spirited Evans grew up in Eldon, Missouri, where his dad owned a Ford dealership, played the piano and, of course, loved to sing. Evans and Karen now live in a retirement community on a golf course.
During a recent interview with News-Leader Magazine, Evans told a reporter it’d be the “cat’s meow” if he could sing at a home-town baseball game. The magazine looked locally, called the Springfield Cardinals and got Bill the gig.
Luckily for a very excited Evans, he was able to pull his rig off Interstate 44 just long enough to share his talents, singing the national anthem at Hammond’s Feild stadium in front of an estimated 6,500 people.
Soon he’ll find out if the voters of Overdrive Magazine have determined if he’s one of the top three contestants, giving him the chance to compete live at the annual truck drivers’ convention in Dallas. The contestants’ videos, including Evans singing “God Bless America”, are available at overdriveonline.com/talent.