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Song Premiere: Simon Flory Celebrates the Strength of the Human Spirit on 'Peter Mack Built a Semi Truck'

Fort Worth, Texas-based Americana singer-songwriter Simon Flory ruminates on the weight of the world on the folksy "Peter Mack Built a Semi Truck," a tune about coping with struggles and the power of the human spirit. The song is the latest release from Flory's forthcoming album Haul These Blues Away (out on Feb. 26).

"I wrote 'Peter Mack Built A Semi Truck' in the Chihuahuan Desert while watching the sunset over the Rio Grande and meditating on the expansiveness of the human spirit in the face of adversity-big outside forces (with the would-be border wall in my view as a reminder), coping with loss, seeking redemption in sobriety, and the internal struggles of depression and anxiety," Flory tells Wide Open Country. "We're all the loneliest people we know, and to say we got the blues these days is an understatement. My hope is that this song — and the ones standing next to you — help haul a little of yours away."

Listen to "Peter Mack Built a Semi Truck" below.

Simon Flory · Peter Mack Built A Semi Truck

Flory says Haul These Blues Away was inspired by the challenges humans face each day.

"I wanted the songs on this record to be representative of the adversity of life, relationships, work, religion — overall humanness," Flory says in a press release. "We've all felt more human than ever these last four years, especially this last year of the pandemic. I appreciate realness that I can relate to, and I wanted to make that record."

Flory co-founded the Austin-based country-bluegrass group High Plains Jamboree with Beth Chrisman, Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay.

In 2011, Flory released the record Unholy Town. He followed up that album with 2019's Radioville and 2020's Songs From Paper Thin Lines.

For more information on Simon Flory, visit his official website.

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