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.
Earlier today we went to Australia for an article, and before that we were in Norway. Today we visit Red Jenkins, and we are stuck somewhere between Stockholm Sweden and Texas. Red Jenkins is called The Honky Tonk Man, and for good reason.
Truck driving songs are popular here at The Country Classics. Someone sent me a list of 100 truck driving songs. It might be an attempt to see how far behind I can get, but we don’t care and country music goes hand in hand with truck driving songs.
As The Country Classics continues to honor America’s truck driving men and women we go back to 1989. Country music was long overdue for a truck driving song at #1 on the charts. A song written by Dan Seals and Bob McDill hit it big. “Big Wheels In The Moonlight” went to number 1.
Back in 1987 I bought a David Lynn Jones CD titled “Hard Times on Easy Street”. One truck driving song prompted me to buy the CD, and it was Bonnie Jean (Little Sister). Many of you might remember the words “Peter built a truck for a man to drive” and some other nice words to the song. “She was in love with Kenny and Jimmy and Mack” sang David in this song about a woman truck driver.
Scoring big in two of our favorite categories Dan Roberts combines Cowboy Country and truck drivings songs with his hit “A Trucker’s Just A Cowboy” (trying to make his living on the road). In today’s economy Dan’s song might be even more timely as he sings “Pushing cattle just don’t pay enough so I guess I’ll have to haul another load.”
Back about 44 years ago I lived next to Highway 99 in the desert of California. Truck driving was hard back then. There were no fancy sleepers back in the day. Drivers would put a board across the seats and do the best they could. No air conditioning meant we heard the trucks roll by all night long. No air over hydraulics or Jake brakes made the Grapevine a challenge. And you could hear this song on the radio: