Thursday, November 10, 2005

Long White Line

A few weeks back I posted some truck drivin' songs and I got a lot of positive responses (okay, two to be exact, but that's just about 100% of the readership, so it's significent). So, I was thinking I should post some more. Well, I sort of want to shy away from the standard Dave Dudley and Moore & Napier, everybody's heard those. I thought we'd take a look at the shadier side of truckin'.

Gary Stewart was an aircraft assembly line worker in Florida in the 1970's. He and his friend Bill Eldridge, a Ft. Pierce, FL cop were writing songs and performing at the local honky tonks. Known mostly for his drinkin' songs, he had a few hits in the 70's with "Drinkin' Thing" and "She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)" before joining up with Charley Pride and his band and fading off into obscurity. His 'cryin' in your beer' songs rank right up there with the best! Remind me to post on that subject soon. This cut is from his "You're Not The Woman You Used To Be" LP.

Gary Stewart - Caffein, Nicotine, Benzedrine

Alvin Crow and the Pleasant Valley Boys are familliar names to followers of Texas Swing. During the resurgence of western swing and honky tonk in the late 1960's and early '70's, two bands out of Austin led the way, Asleep at the Wheel and Alvin Crow and the Pleasant Valley Boys. As far as I can tell, Crow and the boys only entered the studio to record one album. Included on that lone LP is this ode to the truck driver and to the culture of the late 60's, written by the original "King of White Trash", D. K. Little.

Alvin Crow - Texas Kid's Retirement Run


Blogger Greg said...

Make that readership number at least 3! Wow! I had no idea anyone outside of Oklahoma would know of or remember Alvin & the PV Boys. I was in college in the 70s in OK and remember them well. Don't suppose you'd consider posting "Nyquil Blues"....

November 15, 2005 12:49 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Welcome to the 'Bus Greg! Have a seat and pour yourself a drink.
Alvin Crow..."Nyquil Blues", you say? Let me dust off the old turntable and see what I can do.

November 15, 2005 3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was in college then also. I think that bus had a horn that had lyrics...come out come out you son-of-a-bitch or at least thats what they told me. Had a wild fling with a band member. Good times. Cheers, I remember our faded love. lol

February 20, 2009 5:58 AM  

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