LISTEN: Derek Spencer announces album ‘The Pilot Light,’ debuts single “Austin (Truck on the Tracks)”

By Matt Wickstrom

Derek Spencer will release his solo debut “The Pilot Light” on June 1.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Beattyville born singer-songwriter Derek Spencer has announced that his solo debut The Pilot Light will drop on June 1.

To celebrate the announcement, Spencer has been kind enough to allow us to premiere the third track from the project, “Austin (Truck on the Tracks).” According to Spencer, the song is about his late grandfather, who died under very unusual circumstances.

“His truck was destroyed when hit by a train on a strip of the L&N that ran through my hometown,” Spencer said. “It was ruled as an accident but there were plenty of people who questioned that and thought it was a suicide. I just thought that the number of people who thought it was intentional was a testament to what kind of man he was.”

Listen to “Austin (Truck on the Tracks)” below.

The song features contributions from vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Maggie Lander, bassist Chip Minks and keyboardist Kim Conlee (Attempt, Big Fresh, etc.). The track (and album) were recorded with Jason Groves and Sneak Attack.

Prior to this venture, Spencer had been best known for his work as the front man of alt-folk outfit The Rooster’s Crow, a collaboration with the aforementioned Lander and Minks along with drummer Justin Wall that formed at the start of 2013.

Additionally, you can keep up with Spencer by visiting


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