The soundtrack dropped recently for The Ice Road, a new Netflix movie starring Liam Neeson as a truck driver on a mission across a frozen ocean to save a group of miners after a collapse in a diamond mine.
But my favorite of all of them might be Carly Pearce‘s contribution, a cover of Kathy Mattea‘s “Eighteen Wheels and A Dozen Roses.”
The song, a tribute to a truck driver who’s retiring after 30 years to finally spend time with his wife, was released by Mattea in 1988. And now it’s gotten a remake from a fellow singer out of Appalachia.
She was also recently on The Justin Moore Podcastdiscussing her influences in country music, including superstar women of country like LeAnn Rimes and another product of her home state of Kentucky, Patty Loveless.
And with her incredible cover of this song by another woman of country from the neighboring state of West Virginia, you’ve gotta assume that Kathy Mattea is probably on Carly’s list too.
Check out Carly’s version of the Kathy Mattea classic.
And here’s a version from Mattea, brought to you from a cave in Tennessee during a performance on Bluegrass Underground.