Let’s face it: authenticity is hard to come by in the information age. We catch ourselves in a constant search for trustworthy and dependable, and when we find it, we know it. We are drawn to it. This gravitational pull is how a small town country boy from Visalia, CA has become one of country music’s most talked about independent artists, selling over 75,000 albums. “We must be doing something right. It’s truly humbling, the thought that so many people are supporting my music and my dreams. God continues to pour his blessings out daily and for that I am very thankful.”
With unwavering support, Tony Justice is gearing up for the launch of his fourth album in a span of less than six years. The new album, Stars, Stripes and White Lines, is just like Justice: All-American, respectful, adventurous, and honors the lifestyle of the hard-working patriots he meets every day. You see, unlike other country music artists, Tony is a full-time truck driver. This allows him to not only see small town America on a daily basis, but also be a part of it. “I’ve been blessed to be in a very unique position as a artist. Not only can my fans relate to my music and to me, but I can relate to them…and so does my music. They understand I’m out here in the trenches with my brothers and sisters most everyday.” After all, who can write songs about a life they don’t understand? This connection forged through the music is deeper than hearing a song on the radio: it’s pride. Pride for their jobs, pride for their lifestyles, and pride for each other.
Now residing in East Tennessee where country music reigns and down home living is a requirement, Justice is able to make frequent trips to Nashville to perfect his craft. He’s written with heroes like Kim Williams (Garth Brooks), whose last song ever written, “Praying the Dust Off My Knees,” is featured on the new album. He has recorded with Aaron Tippin and has played shows with country greats like John Anderson and John Michael Montgomery. He’s been on the cover of every major trucking industry magazine and has over 1.5 million YouTube views on his last music video, “Brothers of the Highway.” With success like this, it is no surprise that Justice is working with industry icon Erv Woolsey (George Strait). But, no matter how quick his team grows, Justice continues to fund and run his own record label independently. “Owning my own label allows me to share 100% of me in my music. I don’t have some guy in a suit telling what to sing or not to sing. This allows my fans a chance to get to know the real me.”
This outlaw mentality is the same that his idols like Mr. Haggard, Mr. Cash, and Mr. Jennings shared. Without conscious awareness, he embraces the best of what these men stood for: destroying boundaries in a world full of limits. Justice has spent his life busting down doors with sheer determination, grit, and a side of genuine kindness. And every now and then, in between long hauls and playing shows, he makes sure to take some time to appreciate what truly matters. On those days he can be found next to his close nit family around a watering hole or a dirt track: an ideal setting to uncover inspiration for his next hit.