Tuesday, November 27, 2007

"Pour Me Another Cup of Coffee"

It starts with the bright yellow Tonka trucks we push around the kitchen floor as a toddler. Many men, your humble driver included, find themselves drawn to machinery. The bigger it is, the bigger the attraction. That little fellow in the picture is just starting his journey. Like him, I was at Brookview Farm with my family to pick up some grass fed beef and fresh eggs, but I couldn’t resist walking over to admire their compost delivery truck.

At some point in their life, nearly every little boy has thought about being a truck driver when he grows up. The freedom of the open road, watching through the windshield as the sights of the world pass by, a different town at the end of each day, and eighty tons of powerful machinery under his control. It’s the modern equivalent of the cowboy’s solitary adventure.

In the world of country music, truck driving songs have got to rank second only to “somebody done me wrong”/”cryin’ in my beer” songs. The life of the truck driver has been romanticized in song for as long as there have been trucks.

Jim & Jesse - Truck Drivin' Man.mp3

Moore and Napier - Truck Driver's Queen.mp3

Townes Van Zandt - White Freightliner Blues.mp3

Gary Stewart - Caffine, Nicotine, Benzedrine.mp3

Alvin Crow - (The Texas Kid's) Retirement Run.mp3

The Twangbangers - Truck Drivin' Man.mp3
Buy it at HighTone Records

Dale Watson - Good Luck 'N' Good Truckin' Tonite.mp3
More at www.dalewatson.com and Hyena Records
Dale Watson will be featured on NPR’s World Café December 12th. Check local listings for air time.


Blogger Ed said...

That little tyke in the photo is probably admiring the new battery on that old Model T truck. Perhaps he’s realized that someone has converted that old truck from 6 volt to a 12 volt electrical system! Yep, he’s a future tinkerer alright.

November 27, 2007 11:05 PM  
Anonymous Richard said...

I hope he grows up to own a '62 Lincoln with suicide doors ... what a great car that was - and you were right, Ed, I DO wish I had it today ...

What a great collection of music in today's post ... for my money, there ain't NOBODY gonna beat good country players for bein' clean, fast, and accurate ... Is there any wonder John Sebastian wrote that song 'Nashville Cats' about 'em ... ? There is such great playin' here it's hard to pick a favorite, but if I had to, I'd go with the Twangbangers 'cuz they're just so damned good ... Jim 'n Jesse's version is okay, but them boys just don't 'pick it' the way the Twangbangers do ... both good, but one's better ... Great job of sortin' out a set of hard choices ...

November 28, 2007 10:38 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Richard, Thanks for the kind words. It was a bit of a task to select just a few good truck drivin' tunes from my collection. I tried to avoid the Red Sovine and Dave Dudley standards and selected a few lesser known examples.

November 28, 2007 10:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great posts!! Jim & Jesse's version is classic!!!

November 29, 2007 10:53 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Skippy, 10-4 good buddy! Jesse is cooking on mandolin.

November 29, 2007 5:27 PM  
Anonymous Dan said...

This is sacred music, Ed. I never grew up to be a truck driver. But then, I never grew up to play in the NHL, a goal of every Canadian boy who doesn't wear a skirt. Through music, I've lived the driver's life vicariously. These tunes are perfect. I'm sittin' high behind the wheel right now...

November 29, 2007 7:20 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Dan, I believe the lure of traveling down the road behind the big wheel of an 18 wheeler is nearly universal for young boys everywhere. As you pointed out, we can live that childhood dream, and many more, through music.

November 29, 2007 7:53 PM  
Blogger Santo said...

Thanks for the post! I agree that truck drivin' music can't be beat.

Here's my homage to some of the great trucker tunes:


December 03, 2007 2:02 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Santo, Thanks for the great post yourself, godd buddy! That's a truckload of the classics.

December 03, 2007 8:14 PM  

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