Luke Bell, who was just 32 when he died in 2022, had an affinity for Merle Haggard and the itinerant lifestyle. He was also intrigued by 18-wheelers, and wrote a song about one called "Blue Freightliner."
"It touches upon the transportation industry and all the energy we expend moving goods, instead of growing things locally," he said in a Songfacts interview
. "The whole song is a narrative about a guy who's on the road watching trucks go by and going, 'Man, I'm tired. Are the trucks tired?'"