Listening to trucking songs and other music while driving down the road has always been a trucker favorite. You’ll find
trucking songs of the past, as well as the most popular hits of today. In addition, the newest and best ways to enjoy music
in the truck are discussed.
In 1975, Bill and band cut the album, Wolf Creek Pass. It included the Old Home Cafe, and nine other songs, three of which
were about Colorado. Black Bear Road followed in 1976, with Convoy hitting number 1 on every chart known to man. Bill toured
on the fairgound circuit with the Old Home Band, now callin’ themselves “The Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant Boys.”
Her voice fused Loretta’s sassiness and Tammy’s mournful “catch,” yet she never found comparable success. Kay Adams made
history anyway. Country trucker records had been an exclusively male province, but 25-year-old Adams changed that with her
1966 hit single, “Little Pink Mack,” and the release of this twang-filled album, fueled with the full-on sound of Bakersfield!
There are many country artists who are better known than Bobby Bare. Many are more commercially successful. However, very
few are more talented. Give a listen to The Best of Bobby Bare and let his refreshing, unadorned vocals take you o n a guided
tour of the classic sounds of country music.
Country music artist Boxcar Willie and his original hobo style of music will always be an important part of American history.
His tales of travel and freedom of the rails tell of a time gone by. And he had cool truck songs too!
The Baron of Country Music’s burly baritone was forceful enough to rattle your walls yet agile enough to scale them. Dick
Curless is best remembered for his pulsating trucker hits, many of which are included here, but it’s his incredible versatility
that raises him to the next level. Classic blues, rich ballads, and pop standards all found a way into his repertoire.
Dave Dudley founded his own label, Golden Wing, in 1963, and released the up-tempo song “Six Days on the Road”, originally
recorded in 1961 to please a friend, which made him a superstar over night. “Six Days on the Road” did, in fact, spawn an
entire new subgenre within country music, telling tales of the lives of truckers.
During his 60 years on the road entertaining Australians everywhere, Slim Dusty took the culture of the Australian bush
to ordinary people through his unique style of Country Music.
Bill Kirchen rules. It’s just that simple. His no-nonsense diesel guitar attack, powered by great booming, bottom-heavy
licks still covered with axle grease, is undoubtedly the real thing, scattering scorching guitar runs in all directions,
it’s all immediate, in your face and more than a little dangerous!
Nicholls has released 29 albums, gaining five gold records. For ten years from 1968, Nicholls & the Country Playboys were
resident at the Texas Tavern in Sydney’s Kings Cross
Jerry Reed sung “Eastbound and Down” and was also the “Snowman” of Smokey and the Bandit fame. Reed’s hard-driving rhythm
runs and staccato lead licks were a groundbreaking force in country music.
Red Simpson is an American country singer-songwriter best known for his trucker-themed songs. When Capitol was searching
for an artist to record a truck driving album, Red (who was writing for Central Songs) received the call and signed with
the label. In 1971, Hello, I’m a Truck peaked at #1 on the Record World singles chart.
Check out Red’s website.
“Giddy-Up Go” was a #1-hit on the charts, and became the first of several big “truckdrivin'” theme songs that Red recorded.
In 1967 Red recorded his second truck drivin’ hit, “Phantom 309.”
There’s a lot of good songs here — like “40 Acres” and, of course, “Looking at the World through a Windshield,” “Six Days
on the Road,” and “I’m a Truck”, to name just a few of them.
Probably stands as one of the most complete collection of trucker country to be found. At 52 songs on 2 discs the pluses
are numerous, including most of the great hits from the likes of Red Sovine, the Willis Brothers, Del Reeves, and other giants
of the genre.
This one takes a historical approach, beginning with the original trucker lament, Western swing bandleader Cliff Bruner’s
“Truck Driver’s Blues” from 1939. Other early rarities reflect varied styles and moods. The slick Hollyw ood Western sound
of Dick Reinhart’s 1941 “Truck Driver’s Coffee Stop” contrasts with duo Karl and Harty’s old-timey “Truck Driver’s Sweetheart.”
Highlights on this soundtrack from the trucker movie include: the bluesy “Road Man” by Big House, “We Can’t All Be Angels”
by David Lee Murphy, the Bruce Robison penned “Drivin’ All Night Long” (Jack Ingram), and “I Wanna Remember This” by Linda
Davis. Another one is “Drivin’ My Life Away” by Georgia boy Rhett Akins.
Joe Sun’s “Lovin’ you is like fryin’ bacon buck naked” and Sheb Wooly’s “I don’t look good naked anymore” are a hoot. Combine
this with some really good Bobby Bare and Del Reeves selections makes for a thoroughly enjoyable collection of songs.
This fine collection contains a number of classics updated by contemporary artists as well as tunes by the original artists.
Highlights of this CD are Junior Brown’s collaboration with the great Red Simpson on Red ‘s classic “Nitro Express”.
This collection is a freewheelin’ paradise chronicling life on the road as seen through the eyes of some of Country’s big
stars. Trucker’s Jukebox covers the Country landscape: outlaw, honky tonk, country-rock, Bakersfield sound, country comedy,
truck dr iving country and more.
Dave Dudley CDs to Look For
- Trucker Classics
- Dave Dudley: Studio 102 Essentials
- Six Days on the Road
- 20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection – The Best of Dave Dudley
- Christmas Truck Stop
- American Trucker
- Truck Drivin’ Son-of-a-Gun: The Mercury Hit Singles 1963 – 1973
- Dave Dudley Hits
- Bumming Around
- Cowboy Boots