Truck driving songs and traditional country music formed a stong bond many years ago. One of our most popular categories, truck driving songs, appeals to all fans. A friend of mine pointed out that I was missing Tom Lang from our truck driving song category, so let’s get to know more about Tom Lang.
Tom Lang was born in Belton, Texas and raised on a central Texas farm until he was sixteen years of age. His family moved out west and Tom began to develop his singing. He was a long haul truck driver and part-time musician for nearly twenty years. He traveled the I-5 corridor and became known as “The Singing Truck Driver”. Tom has a heart for country music and understands the language of the truck drivers.
His CD “Roll Freightliner” is pure traditional country music “with a wild hit of Cajun”, according to CD Baby. Recorded for Fifth Wheel Records, the CD was released in 2000. Here is the track list:
• Chicken Pickin’ Guitar Man
• Roll Freightliner 2:49
• Waltz Of The Ocean
• Old Blue
• Little One’s
• Cajun Fiddle Man
• The Ballad Of The Rouge River
• Pickin’ Country
• Alligator Huntin’ Man
You can listen to samples of each song and purchase the CD or digital downloads at CD Baby. When I compiled my list of truck driving songs and videos I spoke to people as far away as Australia. We compiled a list of 100 songs from all over the world. Songs by Tom Lang should have been on the list.
My friend Deborah selected “Waltz Of The Ocean” as her favorite from this CD. Rockabilly fans will like “Pickin Country”, with a hit of Mel McDaniels’ “57 Chevy And You”, while Cajun music fans will appreciate “The Ballad Of The Rouge River”. “Little Ones” is a song everyone will enjoy. Fans of traditional country music will like this great CD by Tom Lang. Let’s make it our featured CD of the day.
While I write about singing truck drivers, don’t miss our articles about another former longhaul driver, Tracey K. Houston, now based in Nashville but formerly employed by Werner Enterprises.