Beginning mid-afternoon Saturday, November 23, at Jay’s Place on Music Row in Nashville, Tenn, Heniff Transportation-leased tank-hauling owner-operator Taylor Barker laid the groundwork for what he’s hopeful will be initially an EP and later a full-length record. Saturday, he recorded four base tracks with producer-engineer and all-around studio wizard Jay Vernali (also on bass and keys) and veteran session percussionist Wayne Killius.
As noted Vernali about midway through the session …
The session was the end result of Barker’s win at the 2019 edition of the Overdrive and Red Eye Radio Trucker Talent Search music/songwriting competition, where Barker’s live rendition of Zane Williams’ “While I was away” brought him the first prize. The Williams tune was the second of the tracks Barker laid down this weekend. Read more about Barker’s history in trucking and music via this link to our November issue cover story.
Barker’s hopeful to have an album’s worth of material finished by the time of the Mid-America Trucking Show in March, he says, with some further support from his leasing fleet, Heniff. Saturday at Jay’s he was able to accomplish the bones of the four tracks, though he held off for now on laying final vocals given the compromised state of his vocal chords this Saturday. He plans to return to Nashville in early December to finish those, and will likely work with Vernali further after that on the record.
It’s always a treat to see a plan laid come to fruition, whether in the studio or on the haul.
Stay tuned for more from the session in a podcast later in the week.