WATCH: L.A.’s David Haerle Shares “Electric Trucker”

New album, El Camino Sierra, set for April 7th release

David Haerle (Image: Edendale Records)

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter David Haerle is prepping to release his all-important third album El Camino Sierra on April 7th.

It’s a record filled with observations of life and the people who inhabit that life. It follows his 2020 album Death Valley which garnered praise from several acclaimed music publications including American Songwriter, Billboard, Goldmine, Glide Magazine, Elmore Magazine and Americana Highways, among others. 

“The further I progress as an artist and songwriter, the more I realize my favorite songs to write are usually the personal ones that tell stories from my life or from the lives of friends and loved ones,” Haerle shares about the album’s context. “El Camino Sierra (or The Sierra Highway) is the historic name of Highway 395 which runs through the Owens Valley of California. The Owens Valley has been called Payahǖǖnadǖ by tribes native to the area and interpreted as meaning ‘the place where water has always flowed’ or ‘the land of the flowing water.’ With the valley floor having an elevation of 4,000 feet and mountain ranges rising on both sides to over 14,000 feet, it is the deepest valley in the United States. I’ve been going there since I was a young boy and it’s a place of renewal for me. The High Sierras, the White Mountains, the Ancient Bristlecone Pines: the beauty of this landscape never fails to lift my spirit, and El Camino Sierra is the way there.”

David Haerle El Camino Sierra, Edendale Records 2023

Rock & Roll Globe is honored to premiere the video for one of the album’s most intriguing story-songs in the tale of “Electric Trucker” based on one of the singer’s good pals.

“A dear friend of mine, Gregg Ginsburg, made a career change in 2020 and entered trucking school,” Haerle explains. “I have known Gregg since my teens. He’s a talented musician and played drums in my formative early band Four Dudes Jammin’. He’s also 6’9” (and that’s before you add the trucker hat sitting high on his head).

“I had a vision of Gregg commandeering one of the first ‘green’ all electric 18 wheelers in the nation. A sailor on the open road. He’s on a mission to haul solar panels around the country without a trace of black diesel smoke. Gregg is looking for a fight and the fight is climate change. He rolls into a town and picks up some vegan ‘grub,’ no red meat today, another small step to help ease carbon production in the world. But some things don’t change. Gregg heads down the highways and byways of America blaring the music of Ernest Tubb, Merle Haggard, George Jones, and Buck Owens. With a thousand miles of range and runnin’ clean, he’s in your rearview mirror. He is the ‘Electric Trucker.’”

Watch the video below. 

 

VIDEO: David Haerle “Electric Trucker”

 

 

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Ron Hart is the Editor-in-Chief of Rock and Roll Globe. Reach him on Twitter @MisterTribune.

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