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Todd Dills

Guitar man, take 2

| November 10, 2008

Cliff Douglas doesn’t call himself “Guitar Man” on the CB for nothing. The 49-year-old former long-haul driver, based near Vail, Colo. — now a driver for the Colorado DOT — this summer released a batch of inspired tracks on his “Truckin’ Country” CD (>). “I did love Jerry Reid,” he says of the famed “East Bound and Down” singer, who passed away Sept. 2 this year. “I got to see him at the Fresno, Calif., fair in 1982…. He came out and thanked the sound folks and his band and then told the crowd, ‘If anyone is here expecting any rock ’n’ roll you might as well go now, because we’re gonna play guitars and hillbilly music.’ And he counted the first song off 1-2-3-4 and they kicked our…” Well, says Douglas, you guess the rest.

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Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to or via phone at 205-907-2481.


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