Red’s Best Truck Driving Songs

For some inexplicable reason, Red was thinking about the 70’s and the heyday of truck driving music.  Red fondly remembers seeing the top truck driving music band of the 70’s (see No. 5) several times at the Armadillo World Headquarters and elsewhere.   Here’s Red’s list of the best truck driving songs around.  Warning, after No. 5 or so, Red is having to stretch a bit.

  1. Willin’ – Little Feat (Linda Rondstadt version is also excellent)
  2. Six Days on the Road – Dave Dudley (Sawyer Brown also hit the charts with this one)
  3. Truck Drivin’ Man – Terry Fell (recorded by countless others)
  4. I’ve Been Everywhere – Johnny Cash version (Hank Snow’s first U.S. version is not bad either but few know that this was originally written by Australian Geoff Mack and referenced Australian towns)
  5. Mama Hated Diesels – Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen (written by Blackie Farrell – Red remembers lead singer Billy C. asking the audience at the Armadillo – “We got any truck drivers here tonight?”)
  6. White Line Fever – Merle Haggard (redefines plaintive)
  7. East Bound and Down – Jerry Reed (better song than the movie)
  8. Truck Driver’s Sweetheart – Kitty Wells (What can he say? Red likes Kitty Wells.)
  9. Drivin’ My Life Away – Eddie Rabbit (you must admit it’s catchy)
  10. Phantom 309 – Red Sovine (pure schmaltz served with sugar, but sung by a guy named Red)
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