The open road hosts a wide array of vehicles, but none so pronounced than the semi truck. Some of theses trucks haul cargo across town, some of these semis haul cargo across the country – and even the continent. Those who operate these vehicles participate in the most deadly profession in the country. A 2016 survey reports three times the deaths than farmers, the second most dangerous profession. Truck drivers are also severely underpaid. Yet truckers are out there everyday, driving all night from Fresno to Portland, from Chattanooga to Yonkers, from Boston to Tampa – all so we can get our items from Amazon and Ebay. With that said – I dedicate this playlist to those brave truckers….and offer this word of encouragement…keep on truckin!
Keep on truckin is a playlist about and for truckers. Some of the songs are silly and banal, such as Paul Brandt’s cover of “Convoy.” Some of these songs are sad and heartfelt, such as “All I Do is Drive” by Johnny Cash. Some of these songs celebrate the lifestyle, such as “Eastbound and Down” and “Freightliner Fever.” There’s a ghost story from Red Sovine. Why, there’s even a song about – well – not getting mad at truckers. Keep on Truckin uses mostly country music, but it does variate into other genres. Heck, I managed to cram a Weird Al song in! Regardless, if you’re a truck driver, I salute you! Seriously, my copy of Borderlands 3 got to me really fast, which means someone drove all night through the I-5 corridor. But I digress.
Keep on Truckin with this playlist dedicated to driving trucks.
Keep On Truckin through the week!
Firstly, I must apologize to mr R. Crumb, for borrowing the name of his comic strip. I actually never read the strip, as I was a bit too young (read – not born yet), but so many of its influences, has no doubt seeped into my consciousness over time.
Secondly, I want to emphasize the sediments of the last song – Big Trucks by Pedro the Lion. There really are real people in the big big trucks, that you flip off when they get in the way. Be nice to them, as they have a hard life.
This week, truck on back for a retro music review of Sam Phillips’ Omnipop (It’s Only a Flesh Wound Lambchop) album. Will I like the album as much as I did in 1996? Should the critics eat the words of every bad review they gave the album? We’ll see on Friday!