WOODSTOCK - Every time he performs the song Miles and Miles, Danny Thompson pays tribute to his deceased son, a long-haul truck driver.
Danny Thompson’s son Jamie was just 33 when he died in December of 2012, in a collision while driving his rig in Quebec, leaving behind a wife and five children.
“I wrote that song for him but it’s not really about his death, it’s about the life of a truck driver,” he said in a phone interview Thursday.
The Brantford-based band will return to Woodstock for a second year to perform at Pittock Conservation Authority on Sunday, July 31 for a Rockin’ the Park event.
“It’s a special concert they do once a year for the people in the park, but it is also open to the public,” Thompson explains. “There will be loads of energy and we have some trick fiddling. It’s going to be a very entertaining show.”
The concert, which starts at 8 p.m., is free but park entry fees apply.
Thompson, 57, concedes a lot has happened in the year since he last performed in Woodstock.
Following the release of his single Miles and Miles, Thompson — who has been writing, singing and performing for more than four decades — was nominated for Best New Country Artist by New Music Weekly.
Nashville country music star Sam Hunt, who has performed with Carrie Underwood and Kenny Chesney, won the honour in 2015.
Recorded in Nashville, Miles and Miles has been getting airplay at stations both north and south of the border. A video was also shot at Sharp Transportation in Cambridge.
The song got the attention of a Nashville recording studio Lamon Records, who offered the band a record deal for an album also named Miles and Miles.
A second single, Nowhere Road, also about truck drivers, is soon to be available.
The music has also resonated with the trucking community and Thompson said they recently played the Fergus Truck Show and will play at Trucking for a Cure on Sept. 24. They will also be shooting a new music video during the fundraiser for Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Ontario.
Thompson’s first album Rockin’ Myself to Sleep was released in the late 1980s.
The Danny Thompson Band includes Thompson’s 19-year-old daughter Danielle on piano and vocals, son Jordan, 21, on bass, Darin Driscol on lead guitar, Devon Turnbull on drums and Katie Korfman on fiddle.