Hot Kicks, Cold Steel, and Truck Driver's Favorites.

Vibroluxer

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I was thinking about my favorite Commander Cody album and decided to put this thread up for pretty much anything that relates to truckin' tunes.

I remember hearing this on KDKA, the once behemoth 50,000 watt AM Pittsburgh radio. There are many versions of this floating around and this is my favorite. Six Days on the Road. The Flying Burrito Brothers. It moves.

 

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So just what were they going to do once they crashed the gate, going 98, saying let those truckers roar, 10 4?

 
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I love that stuff, although I couldn’t listen to it every day. It’s a window into a real lifestyle that actually existed in more places than you’d think. Truckers went everywhere by necessity, and commerce to support them developed along the way: fuel stations, diners, motels (complete with ladies of the evening), etc. Even though the industry has changed radically over the last 50-60 years, you can still find remnants of that life here and there all across the country. I spent decades working in the transportation industry, and I got to know a LOT of truckers. The real ones are a different breed of person for sure. Most of the songs about them are fictional, but could easily be truth - some of the people I knew were crazier than anyone in those songs. I’m laughing to myself now thinking about some of those guys.
Hammer down, baby!
 

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I still have the Hot Kicks, Cold Steel, and Truck Driver's Favorites album on cassette.

Around 2005 or so, I stumbled into an opportunity to see Commander Cody playing live in a great big pool hall/arcade/bar kind of place - sort of like a casino, but different - which was right down the street from my office. I went without realizing Bill Kirchen hadn't been in the band for decades.

Jim Campilongo is on this track:

 

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I love that stuff, although I couldn’t listen to it every day. It’s a window into a real lifestyle that actually existed in more places than you’d think. Truckers went everywhere by necessity, and commerce to support them developed along the way: fuel stations, diners, motels (complete with ladies of the evening), etc. Even though the industry has changed radically over the last 50-60 years, you can still find remnants of that life here and there all across the country. I spent decades working in the transportation industry, and I got to know a LOT of truckers. The real ones are a different breed of person for sure. Most of the songs about them are fictional, but could easily be truth - some of the people I knew were crazier than anyone in those songs. I’m laughing to myself now thinking about some of those guys.
Hammer down, baby!

Ya know, in thinking about it, I've never had a bad meal at any of the truck stops I've been too.
 




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