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Songs about driving a truck are nothing new to country music. The laments of the long haul driver and the mystique of the open road have always struck a chord with regular folks. Big rig trucking became romanticized in the 1960's and a brand new music genre was created.
Country crooner Dave Dudley introduced one of the most popular trucking songs in 1963 with the iconic Six Days on the Road. The card-carrying Teamster was known for other non-trucking songs as well but he did continue on the theme with Truck Driven' Son-of-a-Gun and Trucker's Prayer. On his heels was Red Sovine with the sad and beloved Teddy Bear and Dick Curless who in 1965 had a hit with his song, A Tombstone Every Mile.
The love of trucking music grew and continued in the following decades. C.W. McCall's epic song Convoy filled the airwaves with outlaw vibes and Del Reeves 1973 album, Trucker's Paradise, enjoyed much success. It was a revolutionary movement in music and a reflection of a turbulent era. Jumping on the bandwagon was Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen with their album, Hot Licks, Cold Steel & Truckers' Favorites which came out in 1972.
The unique culture of truck driving doesn't change all that much with the times. Music does. But despite modern influences, trucking songs always tell a story. The 1980's brought with it hits like Alabama's Roll On 18 Wheeler and Eddie Rabbit's Driving My Life Away. Dale Watson and Junior Brown contributed to the genre. The popularity of big rig truck driving music has waned but the classics will always be around.
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