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This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. Very few or no other articles link to it. Please help introduce links to this page from other articles related to it. Tagged since May 2010. It may need to be wikified to meet Wikipedia's quality standards. Tagged since April 2011. Truckmusic is a sub-genera of country and western music. Truckmusic is spoken word with accompaniment, instrumental, and lyrical song about trucks (i.e. commercial vehicles, not pick-up trucks), truck drivers or truckers, and the trucking industry experience. This would include, for example, references to truck stops, CB (Citizen Band) radio, geography, drugs, teamsters, roads, weather, fuel, law enforcement, loads, traffic, ICC (Interstate Commerce Commission), contraband, DOT (Department of Transportation), accidents, et al.[1] In truckmusic, references to “truck” include the following truck types: 10 wheeler, straight truck, 18 wheeler, tractor (bobtail), semi, tractor-trailer, semi tractor trailer, big rig, and some others. Truckmusic is often confused with road music (e.g. Willie Nelson "On the Road Again", Roger Miller "King of the Road"), pick-up truck music (e.g. Toby Keith "Big Old Truck"), and/or truck driving music. The last category would be the preferred choice of most truck drivers for eclectic listening while driving/operating all types, makes, and styles of trucks. Truckmusic is, at least partly, an oral history of trucking. A range of social and economic factors in the United States have strongly influenced the evolution of truckmusic as a sub-genera of 'country' music. These factors include wars, civil rights struggles, the demographic shift from rural to urban areas, the feminist movement, economic recessions, changes in the railroads, and the oil embargo. Their impacts have diversified the folklore of truck songs.[2] Technological developments and changes related to both the music business and the trucking industry, however, have brought about the greatest changes to truckmusic. Variously, these include the jukebox, 33⅓ rpm vinyl record albums, 8 track tape, cassette tape, the transistor to digital revolution, the Internet, CB radio, all-night radio broadcasts targeting truckers, Interstate highways, and multiple truck components (sleeper cabs, air suspension, power steering, synchronized transmissions, air conditioning, air seats, and electronics).[3] Collectively, there are more than five hundred truckmusic songs, all of which more or less originate from the oral tradition of truck folklore. Occupations, of course, have traditionally provided the raw material and inspiration for folk music in the United State (e.g. riverboat, mining, Great Lakes water commerce, lumbering, cowboy, agricultural field work and others), influenced by regional culture as well.[4] Folk songs adopt, adapt, and incorporate colloquialisms, slang, and occupational terms into verbal snapshots. In truckmusic, such specialized words and terms as truck rodeo, dog house, twin screw, Georgia overdrive, saddle tanks, jake brake, binder and others borrowed from the lingo of truckers are commonly utilized.[5] CB vocabulary - which is different from truck driver lingo[6] - is used by both truckers and the general public. Some of that vocabulary has evolved into popular culture and subsequently incorporated into truckmusic (e.g. “hammer down,” “shakey town,” “smokey,” and “pedal to the metal”).[7] There has been a certain mystique attached to truck driving and truck drivers, especially those engaged in long distance driving.[8] It is yet to be determined if the enduring image of the truck driver will achieve true folk hero status, even given the past popularity of truckmusic. The post-CB song era perception of “truck drivin'n country” music was that it was a passing fad. At times, the trucker also has been stereotyped as a “sexist, pill-poppin’, burly, pinball playin’, smokey dodgin’, philandering, truck driving son-of-a-gun,” hardly a flattering or positive image. Not surprisingly, many recording artists have not wanted to be associated with truckmusic because of such negativity, and major recording labels have considered truckmusic a novelty of little or lasting commercial value. Nevertheless, technological development and change continues to influence truckmusic and keeps it going. Just as truck drivers in the 1970s and 1980s no longer had to rely on AM radio or pre-recorded 8 track tape to listen to the music they wanted to hear by making-up their own playlists on cassette tape, today the portable computer, wireless wi-fi, and the Internet allows singer/song writers to produce and distribute their own truckmusic (Dale Watson, Sonny George, Bill Kirchen).[9] Other artists have started their own record labels (Joey Holiday - Truck It Records; Harold Crosby - Traveler Records). History Lists of miscellaneous information should be avoided. Please relocate any relevant information into appropriate sections or articles. (May 2010) Although there were songs with truck and truckin in song titles before 1939, the truck/truckin referred to was a dance, 'truck'[10] 1939 Ted Daffan, a Texas band leader, wrote "Truck Driver's Blues" 1939 Cliff Brunner & His Boys record "Truck Driver's Blues" on Decca record label -- 'and his record sold 100,000 copies at a time when sales of 5,000 made for a hit country record'.[11] 1940 Delmore Brothers Dying Truck Driver" 1942 Meredith Wilson wrote "My Ten Ton Baby and Me (the Truck Drivers Song)" -- for World War II patriotism. Performed on the Johnson Wax Hour radio show 15 Sept 1942 1947 Art Gibson "I'm a Truck Driving Man" 1952 Bob Newman "Haulin Freight" 1952 Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass, "Lonesome Truck Driver's Blues" 1952 Doye O'Dell "Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves" 1954 Terry Fell, writes and sings, "Truck Driving Man" -- Questionably the most covered truckmusic tune, with iconic lyrics and adaptable music (without the hard drivin' beat of "Six Days on the Road"). 1954 Wade Ray "Idaho Red" 1956 National Defense Interstate Highway System 1956 Link Davis "Trucker from Tennessee" -- about Elvis Presley being a truck driver before stardom 1957 Johnny Horton "I'm Coming Home" 1959 Duane Eddy "40 Miles of Bad Road" (an instrumental) 1960 Lonnie Irving "Pinball Machine" 1960 Coleman M. Wilson "Radar Blues" 1963 Dave Dudley "Six Days on the Road" -- becomes the trucker's anthem and ushers in the Golden Age (1963–1968) of truckmusic by double charting: No. 2 on Billboard country chart and in the Top 40 pop chart[12] 1964 v.a. Truck Drivers Songs King records—a compilation of all truckmusic 1964 Betty Amos "Eighteen Wheels a Rolling" 1964 Willis Brothers "Give Me 40 Acres" The Willis Bros. were stars of the starday record label, (later the Starday label would become the biggest seller of truckmusic), performed a bluegrass style. "Who should be better qualified to sing about the truck drivers of America than a group of Country musicians who travel 75,000 to150,000 miles per year making personal appearances throughout the country. The Willis Brothers stop at the truck stops to share meals, jokes, interesting experiences, road information, and weather reports with the men who drive the big rigs." -- Vic Willis[13] 1964 Jimmy Martin "Widow Maker" 1965 Dick Curless "A Tombstone Every Mile" -- reached the country charts[14] 1965 Red Simpson "Roll, Truck, Roll" -- became a Top 40 country hit[15] 1965 Dave Dudley "Truck Drivin' Son-of-a-Gun" 1966 Kay Adams "Six Days Awaiting" (an answer song) to "Six Days on the Road" 1966 Kay Adams "Little Pink Mack" 1966 Del Reeves "Girl on the Billboard" 1966 Red Sovine "Giddyup Go" -- recorded his first spoken-word truck drivers song, crossover charted.[16] 1967 Red Sovine "Phantom 309" 1967 Dave Dudley "Trucker's Prayer" 1967 Claude Gray "How Fast Them Trucks Can Go" 1968 Del Reeves "Looking at the World Through a Windshield" 1968 Dave Dudley "There Ain't No Easy Run" 1968 Barnett Bros. "Tragedy of Silver Bridge" -- a tragedy song[17] 1970 Johnny Cash "Medley of Trucking Songs" Johnny Cash TV Show 1970 Charlie Douglas had the first trucking radio show directly to truckers 'Charlie Douglas and His Road Gang.'[18] "All-night radio shows keep truckers informed, entertained, and awake. They also create a strong sense of community for those who work in the solitary field of long-distance trucking. Although trucker shows are carried on many hundreds of AM and FM stations nationwide, the best and most popular shows are those on powerful AM 'clear channel' stations."[19] 1971 Red Simpson "I'm a Truck" -- his biggest hit[20] 1972 'Truckers Jamboree' -- the combination of truckers and country musicians in conjunction with trucker expo.[21] 1972 Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen Hot Licks, Cold Steel, & Trucker Favorites 1972 Lester Flatt "Backin' into Birmingham" 1973 Paul Click "Smokey, Trucks, & C.B.Radios" -- the first CB song[22] 1975 C.W. McCall "Convoy" -- was the third biggest country single of that decade.[23] "Convoy" is about a coast-to-coast truck convoy who use C.B. radio. Like Dave Dudley's successful "Six Days on the Road", "Convoy" spurred an era of CB radio themed songs.[24] 1975 Dave Dudley "Me and Ole C.B." 1975 Merle Haggard "Movin On" 1976 Cledus Maggard "The White Knight" 1976 Craig Donaldson & Ralph Harrison "I believe He's Gonna Drive that Rig to Glory" 1976 Red Sovine "Teddy Bear" (a tearjerker) 1976 Rod Hart "C.B. Savage" 1976 Red Simpson "Truck Driver Heaven" 1977 Jim & Artie Marshall "The Ballad of Fancy Gap" -- a haunting folk tune, with 'call and response' singing of the hill country[25] 1977 Convoy -- a Hollywood movie: followed by a soundtrack LP record album 1977 Smokey and the Bandit -- a Hollywood movie (the theme song "Eastbound and Down" crossover charted) 1977 Jerry Reed "Eastbound and Down" 1981 Eddie Rabbit "Drivin' My Life Away" 1982 Dave Dudley "I Wish I Had a Nickel" (written by T. Fell) -- last 45 of the Sun record label 1984 Ronnie Milsap "Prisoner of the Highway" 1984 Alabama "Roll On" 1986 federally mandated CDL (Comercial Drivers License) 1986 Dan Seals "Big Wheels In the Moonlight" 1995 The Cowslingers That's Truckdrivin' -- retro Starday album (in 10-inch (250 mm) EP format) 1996 Junior Brown "Semi Crazy" 1996 v.a. Rig Rock Deluxe -- a compilation album of new truckmusic songs performed by pairing old with contemporary artists. 1997 Dale Watson The Trucking Sessions 1998 Sonny George Truckin Country 1998 Dan Hart "Big Rig (on the Information Superhighway)" 1998 The Sovines Owner Operator 1998 Joey Holiday "Big Joe, The Phantom & Red Sovine" 2001 v.a. Truck Driver's Boogie: Big Rig Hits vol. 1 1939–1969 2002 Leland Martin "Stone Cold Fingers" 2004 Steve Earl "Home to Houston" -- a contract truck driver in Iraq. 2005 Bill Kirchen King of Dieselbilly 2005 Joey Holiday "Iron Pony Express" -- a different perspective of contract truck driver in Iraq 2009 Dale Watson The Truckin Session vol 2 References ^ Stern, Jane Trucker, A Portrait of the Last American Cowboy (1975) ^ Roach, Joyce Gibson "Diesel Smoke & Dangerous Curves: Folklore of the Trucking Industry" Hunters and Healers (1977) pp 45–53 ^ American Truck Historical Society, <> ^ Danker, Frederick E. "Trucking Songs: A comparison with Traditional Occupational Song" Journal of Country Music (Jan 1978) pp78-89 ^ Roach, Joyce Gibson Hunters & Healers ^ Porter, Bernard H. "Truck Driver Lingo" American Speech (Apr 1942) pp102-105 ^ Seese, Gwyneth E. (Dandalion) Tijuana Bear in a Smoke'um Up Taxi 1977 ^ Schroeder, Fred "A Bellyful of Coffee: The Truck Drivin' Man as Folk Hero" Journal of Popular Culture (Spring 1969) pp 679–687 ^ Johnson, Jon "Watson, George, Holiday" Country Standard Time (Aug/Sept 2000) pp7-9 ^ Oxford English Dictionary ^ From the Vaults, Decca Country Classics, 1939–1973 pamphlet(box set) ^ Perry, Michael "Semi Songs" Road King magazine (Sept/Oct 2005) ^ Willis, Vic "Give Me 40 Acres" Starday 323 (record album cover) ^ Johnson, Jon "All you big and burly men who roll the trucks along... trucking songs through the decades" Country Standard Time (June 2000) pp7-9 ^ Johnson, Jon Country Standard Time ^ All Music Guide to Country p440 ^ Vokes, Howard "Tragedy and Disaster in Country Songs" Starday SLP 258 ^ Walters, Kristin L. "Radio Pioneers" NATSO Trucker News (July 2007) pp30-31 ^ Truckers' Jukebox Legacy records ET46214 (cassette tape J-card) ^ All Music Guide to Country p426 ^ "Truckers Jamboree" Country Song Roundup (Apr 1975) pp30-31 ^ "Got Yer Ears On There, Good Buddy?" Country Music (Dec 1976) pp48-56 Special CB Section ^ Johnson, Jon "McCall,Dudley lead convoy of 70's trucker songs" Country Standard Time (July 2000) p13 ^ Chuck "C.W. McCall: The Convoy Rides Again" Guide to Music & Memorabilia pp26-27 ^ v.a. Virginia Traditions (record BRI 004, booklet) p20 External links