Truck Driver's Boogie: Big Rig Hits, 1939-1969 Original recording remastered
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It all started with "Truck Driver's Blues," written by Ted Daffan (who also composed the classic "Born to Lose") and recorded by Cliff Bruner's Western-swing band in 1939. From then on, following this disc's chronologically arranged selections, the attentive listener gets an incidental education in the evolution of country music, from Karl and Harty's sentimental old-timey "Truck Driver's Sweetheart" through tougher honkytonk fare (Doye O'Dell's "Diesel Smoke [Dangerous Curves]") and rockabilly sounds (Johnny Horton's "I'm Coming Home"). There's also Jimmy Martin's immortal bluegrass ballad "Widow Maker" which touches the heart even with its more than faintly ludicrous storyline. Dick Curless's "A Tombstone Every Mile" evokes the spirit of an earlier kind of occupational-hazard song, the train-wreck ballad. Perfectly written and wonderfully performed, Del Reeves's "Girl on the Billboard" -- surely among the most underrated songs in all of country music -- tells the delirious tale of a driver driven to distraction by lust- and amphetamine-fueled fantasies.Read more ›
As early as 1939, "Truck Driver's Blues," featuring vocals and piano from Moon Mullican, provided a lyrical template of the road ahead: weary, lonely days relieved by a cup of coffee, a honky-tonk gal and a couple of drinks before saddling up for the next day's ride. Many of these juke-box hits were aimed at gear-jammers themselves, celebrating the trucker as the last of the American cowboys, navigating the frontier of commerce as they raced home to their loved-ones. Art Gibson's "I'm a Truck Driving Man" recalls the romance of early cross-country travel, and Johnny Horton's "I'm Coming Home" barrels down the road with a rockabilly beat.
By the 1960's Dave Dudley, Dick Curless and Red Simpson were scoring frequent trucking-themed hits. Curless' "A Tombstone Every Mile," written about a tragically dangerous section of Route 2A in Maine, may be the only song ever to help get a U.S. Interstate built. Kay Adams' "Little Pink Mack" provides a proto-feminist view, and Bobby Braddock's "Gear Bustin' Sort of a Feller" takes a run fully fueled on coffee, pills and sheer adrenaline.
These twenty tracks mix classics ("Six Days on the Road" "Roll Truck Roll"), early rarities and original versions made popular as covers. Liner notes from Diesel Only's Jeremy Tepper and vintage publicity shots round out a full load.
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This is a really cool CD. I highly recommend it. I got a copy for myself, then got another one for my nephew when he got his CDL. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Alan T. Butler
The CD covers many years of country western music dealing with the trucking industry. I enjoy listening to it. You get an idea of how music has changed over the years.Published on December 3, 2012 by Ben Sawbridge
I like this collection of Truck Driver's song a lot. Especially "Truck Drivers Boogie" since it was recorded by my Dad Edwin and Uncle Edward the Milo Twins. Read morePublished on August 1, 2011 by BookLady