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Podcast: A look back at Watermelon Slim’s trucking blues live in Nashville, Tuscaloosa

Bill "Watermelon Slim" Homans in 2010, upon release of his "Escape from the Chicken Coop" record of trucking blues, playing his solo slide at Carol Ann's in Nashville and at Overdrive HQ in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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Cast your final vote for the top trucking song of all time

You will recall I asked for top trucking song nominations oh a couple-few weeks back. Well, from said nominations, I took the top ten contenders, those with the most mentions, and have put together a final poll where you can cast your vote. That poll's here. Vote! And I know, I know, many clear contenders have been left out. KRVN trucking radio host Big Al Weekley alone lists more than 30 trucking songs among the all-time ...

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Colorful codriver, trucking blues, health care reform and more in this month’s Truckers News

If you've missed the May edition of Truckers News on the racks out at the truckstops this month (I know copies in the more popular stops tend to go quickly), check it out online. Many great stories therein, including an examination of the health-care reform bill (the upshot: jury's still of course out on how the bill will affect the benefit programs of trucking businesses large and small, though parties from both are hopeful) and ...

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Exit Only: Running the road

’Truck-driving king of the blues’ Bill ‘Watermelon Slim’ Homans serves up music to haul by.

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Watermelon Slim’s on-the-road ‘Escape From the Chicken Coop’

Clarksdale, Miss., resident, longtime Oklahoman and North Carolina-reared blues musicmaker Bill "Watermelon Slim" Homans plays a mean slide guitar. And "I was an above-average harp player," he says of his early years making music, his first record of work-song blues coming out in 1972. But when he hears what young blues players like Craig Lawler and Jason Ricci can do with the harmonica today, he knows from his 61 years ever more clearly why he spent so many of them working ...

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Watermelon Slim performs the blues

Former trucker Bill Homans performed in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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Watermelon Slim – on the road again with a killer sound

It’s not every day that we trucking editors get a private lunchtime concert, but such was the case Friday here at the offices of Overdrive and Truckers News. Former trucker Bill Homans, who records and tours as Watermelon Slim, had an evening set scheduled in downtown Tuscaloosa. He got to town early enough to treat us to a solo performance. Slim can coax more slide blues sounds than I thought existed from his dobro guitar, which ...

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