LEXINGTON, Ky (8/13/2013)—A man with the love for music, cars and his guitar, Al Tackett, 54, has made an impression on many NASCAR fans.
“I started writing music as more of a concept point of view,” Tackett said, “I would write about car racing and it took off from there.”
Tackett started playing the guitar when he was 5 years old and taught himself how to perform.
“I look at playing music like being in a relationship,” said Tackett, “It’s something I can turn to when I need to vent, and it’s the best way I know how to communicate.”
Tackett has been on the road the past 8 years driving tour buses for various musicians and artists. He has been all over the country but always finds his way back to Kentucky.
“This is my home, and as great as being on the road is, Kentucky is where I will always live.” Said Tackett.
While on the road he had the chance to play with a variety of artists, but this put him behind on his own music.
“I was able to release my first album in 2002 called ‘More Power To Ya',” Tackett said, “After that album released, I hit the road and was unable to work on my own work.”
Recently he just released his latest instrumental album called ‘Up On The Wheel.” His plan is to add lyrics to the album as soon as he has the time.
“I’ve been working with Hank Williams Jr. and the plan is for him to cover one of my songs,” Tackett said, “The song is about the death of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and it is called Thunder Over Daytona, it’s a real hit.”
Tackett hasn’t really spread the word of his music, but now that he has the time, his plan is to start playing locally. His music is an edgy/rock that features songs about car racing, NASCAR and car shows.
“I have gone to car shows and other events and have sold CDs and t-shirts, everyone that has listened has really enjoyed what album consists of,” Tackett said.
Tackett played live on August 24 at the Catholic Church in Georgetown as a volunteer, and is eager to start playing more often. To listen to some of his music, you can download the songs via iTunes or listen in on IHeartRadio, and YouTube. His albums are for sale online at the majority of music stores. Check him out and get ‘Wheels Up” on your choice of music.
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