Carly Pearce Prepares To Ignite Country Radio With Revenge Anthem, ‘truck on fire’

“I wrote this song for every girl who has gone through a similar situation and dreams of wreaking havoc on her ex,” she explains.


Lauren Jo Black

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July 9, 2024


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Carly Pearce; Photo by Allister Ann

Carly Pearce is ready to showcase her fiery side with her brand new single, “truck on fire.” 

Set to officially impact country radio on July 29, “truck on fire” was written by Pearce with Charles Kelley of Lady A and Justin Ebach. The song tells the story of a scorned woman who decides to set her ex’s truck on fire due to his cheating ways. After catching wind that he’s been hooking up with “little miss Jane,” she grabs a gas can, lights a match, and watches as his beloved black Z71 becomes engulfed in flames.  

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“Birds been talking up on the wire/ Spilling your secrets all over this town/ You and her, back road, pulling all-nighters/ Did you really think that I wouldn’t find out?/ Oh, so I found a little gas in a small red can/ Oh, last strike match flying out of my hand/ Liar, liar, truck on fire/ Flames rolling off of your Goodyear tires/ Burn, burn, you’re gonna learn/ Never should’ve put your lips on her,” the GRAMMY winner sings on the song’s chorus. 

Of the track, Pearce explained, “No one wants to be cheated on, but everyone wants to seek revenge. I wrote this song for every girl who has gone through a similar situation and dreams of wreaking havoc on her ex. I got the opportunity to perform the song live while on tour with Tim McGraw and the way the fans have embraced it has blown me away every single time. I couldn’t think of a better song to make my next single.”

Carly Pearce - "truck on fire"; Single Art Courtesy of Big Machine Records
Carly Pearce – “truck on fire”; Single Art Courtesy of Big Machine Records

The song’s title and signature melody is drawn from the common childhood song, “Liar Liar Pants On Fire.” In an interview on Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast with co-hosts Amber Anderson and Kelly Sutton, Pearce shared the story behind the track and admitted she was surprised to find out that no one had ever written a song based on that before. 

“He actually sent me just a little clip of something that he was working on and he was like, ‘would you ever write this with me?’ And literally, I heard one line, three seconds of it and I was like, ‘I’m in,’” Pearce shared of Kelley. “So we wrote this song and I think that this song is just such a fun anthem for girls. I am from the state of Kentucky and I do have a little bit of crazy, the Pearce name has a long line of just some crazy people and I thought, ‘Liar, liar, pants on fire,’ How has nobody ever written something to play on that? So I just went for it and I think that all of us probably secretly would love to burn down the thing that the person who has hurt us most loves the most.”

The 34-year-old later added, “Carrie took a baseball bat. I’m burning it down,” referencing Carrie Underwood’s massive hit, “Before He Cheats.” 

Carly Pearce - hummingbird Album Cover; Courtesy of Big Machine Records
Carly Pearce – hummingbird Album Cover; Courtesy of Big Machine Records

Pearce’s “truck on fire” follows her previous single, “we don’t fight anymore” featuring Chris Stapleton, which climbed all the way into the Top 5 at country radio. 

Country radio loves a good revenge-filled anthem, so this song has the potential to be a major hit for Pearce. Plus, it would lend itself to a really fun music video with some scorching visuals.

Both tracks are featured on Carly Pearce’s new album, hummingbird, which landed on Country Now’s just released list of the Best Country Albums of 2024 (So Far). Pearce had a hand in writing every track but one and shines throughout the delivery of each song. The album covers topics of love, heartbreak, revenge, and more while shining a light on Pearce’s unwavering country roots.     

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.