With Overdrive‘s September 50th anniversary issue hard on the way, and considering folks at the Great American Trucking Show got a sneak peak at the 50 top technical milestones John Baxter and oiur editorial crew put together, I thought I’d offer up a little for you. You’ll recall our all-time top ten trucking songs, of course, a nice collection of tunes from the golden age.
While the classics garner recognition in the all-time list, trucking music rolls on, of course, with the long haul a theme in all manner of artists’ songs. Meredith Ochs and Chris T., hosts of the Freewheelin‘ show on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking Radio, Channel 106, put together an alternate top 10 comprising songs from 1985 forward, with an emphasis on more recent tunes. The alternate top 10 here will be featured in the anniversary issue’s Roadside Attractions front section. Keep an eye out for it in a digital edition via Overdrive‘s website, or in subscribers’ mailboxes, but of course. Click on the links below to purchase and download copies of the tunes, where available, and enjoy the couple vids, too.
“Trucker’s Lament,” by Buck 65 (2007)
“I’m a Road Hammer,” by the Road Hammers (2005)
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“Asphalt Cowboy,” by Jason Aldean (2005)
“Highway Junkie,” by Chris Knight (2000)
“Let This Trucker Go,” by Dale Watson (2009)
“Diesel, Diesel, Diesel,” by Del Reeves and Jim Lauderdale (1996)
“Say a Prayer for Jason,” by Barry Allen and David Ayers (2010) (Live vid from the Great American Trucking Show here taken in 2010 by Keys Trucker Jan McCarter — one of my post-1985 faves, you may recall, is by McCarter herself. Check out vid for it here.)
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“Gear Jammer,” by George Thorogood (1985)
“The Worst Truck Driver,” by Jack Grace Band (2010)
“Ice Road Trucker,” by Johnny Neel (2010) (This song appeared on the third volume of the “Truckers Tracks” series of trucking-song compilations released by Nashville’s Doug Jones/Spec Records. Check out more from the series here.)
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