Video: Singer James Lee Baker releases ’18-Wheeler (I’m Coming Home)’, an ode to truck driver love

James Lee Baker recently premiered a new song with lyrics many truck drivers can relate to while out on the road.

His song, “18- Wheeler (I’m Coming Home) tells the real-life inspired story of a truck driver on the way home to his love. Baker’s classic country style combined with a folk-rock twist gives this song a true trucking sound.

Baker describes the inspiration behind the song:

“My uncle Don was a career truck driver, piloting a big rig all across the country for decades. During some of those years, my aunt would hit the road with him and they would take turns manning the 18-wheeler through most of the states of the U.S. Between the two of them, they have many cool stories from the road. Inspired from a childhood experience of listening to Heywood Banks sing his tune ’18 Wheels’ on the Bob & Tom Show, I wrote this tune—counting down from 18 as a way of saying ‘I’m coming home, darlin, gonna hang these keys up for a while and be with you’—a homage to the lovable, gritty man that my uncle Don is and the tender, kind angel that my aunt Alice is.”

James Lee Baker’s album, 100 Summers, will be released September, 4.

Listen to “18-Wheeler” (I’m Coming Home) below.