How trucker country music became a '70s fad

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Long-haul truckers were once country music’s heroes.
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“Ah, breaker one-nine, this here’s the Rubber Duck. You got a copy on me, Pigpen? C’mon.” This jumble of words is the first line of the song “Convoy,” a #1 country hit from 1976 that tells an action-packed story from the perspective of a truck driver. Songwriters Chip Davis and Bill Fries filled “Convoy” with banter and lingo based on communications they heard between trucker drivers on CB radio during the 1973 oil crisis.
The epic orchestration and colorful and quotable lyrics made “Convoy” an unlikely hit - but the song actually tapped into a long history of country music that put the spotlight on the solitary lives of long-haul truck drivers. In the video above, Estelle Caswell breaks down the golden era of trucker country with country and folk music scholars Travis Stimeling and Nate Gibson.
The Big Dummy’s Guide to C.B. Radio by Albert Houston
10-4, Rubber Duck: The story of 'Convoy' by Studio 360
American Development and the Interstate Highway System by Zachary Hernandez
“I Can’t Drive 55”: The Economics of the CB Radio Phenomenon by Tyler Watts and Jared Barton
Come On, First Mama: Betty Ford’s Influence on CB Radio During the 1976 Election by Jordan Smith for Cardboard America

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David Benda
David Benda 4 घंटे पहले
i love it when non country folks try to explain country
Ray Wilson
Ray Wilson 5 घंटे पहले
Great video.
Dave M
Dave M 21 घंटे पहले
It was interesting to hear the back story about the song Convoy. I remember the song well. I was 14 in 1976 and remember the truck convoys. My brother had a CB radio in his car in those days. He went on the become an over the road trucker for his career.
Ryan McMahon
Ryan McMahon 21 घंटे पहले
James Davis
James Davis 23 घंटे पहले
RED SOVINE....all you need to know
jkunz27 दिन पहले
Where the F is Jerry Reed and Smokey and the Bandit???
Greg Krynen
Greg Krynen दिन पहले
Still have a mix tape I made as a kid using my mom's stereo and trucker country collection. All my favorite songs from about 74-78
Wes 2 दिन पहले
Never heard of them
Edward Little
Edward Little 2 दिन पहले
Not a good fit with the thesis about it being all about sad songs, but I feel like something's missing from the discussion of '60s trucker country if we don't bring up Del Reeves' "Looking at the World Through a Windshield".
J Frank
J Frank 3 दिन पहले
I had a feeling Convoy would be here, I was just curious on this since I heard Convoy in GTA V like many others, definitely an interesting song lol
Bhzaddy Bhzolby
Bhzaddy Bhzolby 3 दिन पहले
My grandfather had 3 CW Mccall records that I listened to all the time when I was young. That's what basically inspired me to drive a truck. It's the best job I could ever have and I've listened to and memorized all those songs. Along with the Johnny Cash version of I've been everywhere.
m1t2a1 3 दिन पहले
Wolf Creek Pass too.
Mystery Meat
Mystery Meat 3 दिन पहले
Started driving truck in 1976. Those were good times. Don't drive professionally anymore but am stuck in the '70s with hot rods and classic rock and country.
William38762 3 दिन पहले
How can this be a 13:25 minute video and not have any mention of Smokey and the Bandit, or the music from Jerry Reed. East Bound and Down is probably the most recognizable trucking song on the planet, albeit plenty years after.
Daniel Anderson
Daniel Anderson 3 दिन पहले
Aye shoutout to the bakersfield sound.
me323me 3 दिन पहले
Wow this video was so good I kept forgetting it was made by Vox
Justan Extra
Justan Extra 3 दिन पहले
Sent here by Peacock chair-
anar kissed
anar kissed 4 दिन पहले
I have owned this 45 since it was new. Part of what made trucking interesting was the sudden surge of interest in cb radio, which truckers used extensively. For awhile, everyone had a cb at home or in the car and it was like a local based chat room that covered up to fifteen miles.
Andrew Bowe
Andrew Bowe 4 दिन पहले
absolutely awsome
Uncle Bling
Uncle Bling 4 दिन पहले
Go down the C.W. McCall rabbit hole. Start with "Classified". All 6 of his albums are amazing from front to back.
Bianca Nurton
Bianca Nurton 4 दिन पहले
Awesome love Chip when I was living in Omaha I worked with him all the time at the Omaha Zoo when ever they were performing there.
Gerrad Reynolds
Gerrad Reynolds 4 दिन पहले
the only tolerable country music
Nexern 5 दिन पहले
Rebel Radio vibes
Timothy Keith
Timothy Keith 5 दिन पहले
Before trucking was deregulated an OTR driver made pretty decent money. They say that trucking was deregulated in 1980, the rates were no longer controlled by the ICC, but pretty much everything else is heavily regulated in trucking. Its tougher to make a middle class lifestyle from trucking in 2021. Everything from the the retail shelves is hauled by a truck, but the driver is likely to have less than 2 years experience and will probably quit driving as soon as they can find another job.
Bennet Fox
Bennet Fox 5 दिन पहले
I'm surprised you guys didn't mention WWL, the last bastion of trucker radio that used to broadcast out of New Orleans Louisiana on the AM side. They played trucker music and took requests all night long.
Anonymous Anonymous
Anonymous Anonymous 6 दिन पहले
It’s not a fad, it’s anthems of the lifestyle on the road
Thomas Brunkle
Thomas Brunkle 6 दिन पहले
Who else listens to this while driving in the Senora desert 😅
dee al
dee al 6 दिन पहले
I know this isn't really related but this makes me think of that one chick in Archer that was screaming "outlaw country!" for a whole season, forgot which one it was.
Catholic Defender
Catholic Defender 6 दिन पहले
Mama was a bad mother trucker
Phoenix Guitars
Phoenix Guitars 6 दिन पहले
Tell “em large Marge sent ya!!!
Ethan Kiter
Ethan Kiter 6 दिन पहले
While on the topic of Red Sovine he opened up doors for Charley Pride.
Stacey R.
Stacey R. 6 दिन पहले
Sitting here in SLC in my 2018 Freightliner Cascadia
Ashutosh Mahajan
Ashutosh Mahajan 6 दिन पहले
Earworm is baaaaaack 😭😭
Johnny Hawkins
Johnny Hawkins 7 दिन पहले
That's truck driving!
0311Mushroom 7 दिन पहले
CW McCall was actually a character they had made for a series of bread commercials. A lot of their early songs were lifted from those. Then the last new CW Mccall song was about a cannibal.
Time of your life
Time of your life 7 दिन पहले
Cows With Guns
Chris Harris
Chris Harris 7 दिन पहले
I’m so thankful to have grown up listening to old country music at such a young age in a new generation (I’m 25) Country music is not for everyone but the stories are about everyone. You’ll always be able to find that song that just reminds you of a time in your life. That’s what’s so great about it.
chiken da gr8
chiken da gr8 7 दिन पहले
Kinda funny I have a Starday trucker record from 1963
Nicholas Deutsch
Nicholas Deutsch 7 दिन पहले
Excellent job! Every segment of earworm has been worthwhile
Jack Thompson
Jack Thompson 7 दिन पहले
What’s the one about the kid in the weel chair called
Ag82 7 दिन पहले
4:25 Man, I can clearly pull the KRLD every night, at 0:00 here, in Mexico City!
jay oakes
jay oakes 7 दिन पहले
So awful
Cody K1500
Cody K1500 7 दिन पहले
Back in the glory days of truckin when drivers looked out for each other and took pride in their work and their rig. Nowadays we got a bunch of steering wheel holders that don’t have a clue and show little respect for their fellow drivers. I still take pride in my job/ industry, and I’m one of the few that still has a CB in my rig. So anyway, keep the rubber side down and between the ditches and I’ll hopefully hear from ya later on ol channel 1-9.
crockett slate
crockett slate 8 दिन पहले
Sittin here between the doors
Rusty Nickels
Rusty Nickels 8 दिन पहले
"Rollin' down the highway until the break of dawn. Drivin' a truck with my high heels on!" -Weird Al Yankovic
Hungry Moose
Hungry Moose 8 दिन पहले
As a long haul trucker this was a really neat video. These songs are all still really popular with truckers. Me and my group of other trucker friends on Discord will sometimes just sit around all night driving, and if we're lucky someone's home, shut down for the night or stuck in a dock and they'll set us up a playlist on the music bot of all of these songs. Most of us are under 30 and not even into country music (except me I grew up on it) but whether its our guy from Montreal QC, our guy from Hesperia CA, or our guy from Amana IA, we all know every one of these songs and will listen to them when we need a pick me up.
ShakespeareCafe 8 दिन पहले
Convoy the single best country road song outside of Canadian Stompin' Tom Connors - Bud The Spud
Andrew Fischer
Andrew Fischer 8 दिन पहले
jim croce speedball trucker
Aaron Jaben
Aaron Jaben 8 दिन पहले
I had the convoy 45
TechTubeHD Reviews
TechTubeHD Reviews 8 दिन पहले
3:53 Absolutely bombing it down a dirt hill... Typical Swift driver 😭
Stale Potato
Stale Potato 8 दिन पहले
red sovine will never fail to give me the biggest chills
Ol Eg
Ol Eg 8 दिन पहले
But has anyone heard the sequel to Convoy, Around The World With A Rubber Duck?
Robert Sigafoos
Robert Sigafoos 8 दिन पहले
Let’s not forget about Jerry Reed and Del Reeves!
mike6206 8 दिन पहले
If you do this again, look for Steve Sommers` "America's Truckin' Network podcast. He and his dad, "The Truckin' Bozo had this as an overnight radio call-in show from 12-5am on WLW 700 AM, Cincinnati, OH until October 2020 when the big wigs unceremoniously tossed Steve and the show out.
Skankhunt42 9 दिन पहले
Uh, we’re still out here? Day, night, snow, rain, shine, 24/7 365. You’re welcome.
Vern Atkins
Vern Atkins 9 दिन पहले
Teddy Bear represents Trucking Country Music.
Randy Lucas
Randy Lucas 9 दिन पहले
The CB radio was used by everybody not just truckers it was our cell phone before cell phones your mama would call you on the radio to tell you stuff
Randy Lucas
Randy Lucas 9 दिन पहले
I was a little kid in the seventies about 12 when all the trucker song start busting out on the radios I still sing a couple of them in my head when I'm exercising I am 58 I had all those songs as a kid
kasra khatir
kasra khatir 9 दिन पहले
Little known fact: Next to Fish catchers, Truck drivers have the job with most fatality risk globally. Mad respect and do be careful.
Stacey R.
Stacey R. 6 दिन पहले
Thank you for your support. Been on thr road for 4 years now. Ever since I turned 22
Deepanshu Dabas
Deepanshu Dabas 9 दिन पहले
Make video on COVID situation in India. It's important. We badly need help from rest of world. Please 🙏
Daniel Daniels
Daniel Daniels 9 दिन पहले
Best Vox video in ages
Enrique Aguilar
Enrique Aguilar 9 दिन पहले
🧸 teddy bear by red sovine. Onions will be cut.
Michele Marie Dalene
Michele Marie Dalene 10 दिन पहले
I like gimme 40 acres, woman behind the man behind the wheel and Truck drivers queen.
KowboyM 10 दिन पहले
Luved the history of it
Mattyphatsacs 10 दिन पहले
East down and bound!!!
itruckidaho 10 दिन पहले
Anyone want to hear some good trucking songs Pandora has a playlist called truck drivin son of a gun
Anmolpreet j
Anmolpreet j 10 दिन पहले
7:00 teddy bear always gets me
Greg Hartwick
Greg Hartwick 10 दिन पहले
Back in the 70s I used to listen to a classical music radio station (NPR). One of the daily programs was hosted by someone who liked to teach music along with playing a particular piece. He was very popular. He had a lot of fans including from an ‘unusual’ group (unusual for classical music), they were long-haul truckers in Australia. His program was rebroadcast down-under over ABC (Australian Broadcast System). They must have wrote him fan letters (on pieces of paper!) because there wasn’t much in the way of e-mail or internet for that matter. Different time, different place.
Jereynolds_99 11 दिन पहले
Truckers and bikers. The last American outlaws.
Nenad Kralj
Nenad Kralj 11 दिन पहले
Mercy sakes alive: looks like we got us a CONVOY 😎
Jeffrey Hill
Jeffrey Hill 11 दिन पहले
I mean if you gotta come in 2nd on the charts Ring of Fire is a song you can feel ok losing to right? 6 Days on the Road is so good though.
Jared Dup
Jared Dup 11 दिन पहले
White Freightliner won't you steal away my mind
Dragon Skunk Studio
Dragon Skunk Studio 11 दिन पहले
Is there a song today about trucker Jones who met his demise driving while checking his text on his cell phone?
Kooka Munga
Kooka Munga 11 दिन पहले
It's almost 420 so ten 4 good buddy .
Terry C.
Terry C. 11 दिन पहले
Smokey and the Bandit, BJ and the Bear, and Dukes of Hazzard.
Barry Wilkinson
Barry Wilkinson 12 दिन पहले
Trucking songs also made it to pop music, the group Bread had Truckin' (down the highway), The Archies had Truck Driver and the group War mentions truckers and the CB in their song Summer.
Barry Wilkinson
Barry Wilkinson 5 दिन पहले
@Lucian Higginbotham Truckin' is a great song but they are not referring to trucking.
Lucian Higginbotham
Lucian Higginbotham 7 दिन पहले
Can't forget Truckin' by the Grateful Dead!
Dr. GreenThumbs
Dr. GreenThumbs 12 दिन पहले
y'all didn't mention "Truck Drivin' Man" by Buck Owens!! great song, super twangy...
donereally 12 दिन पहले
i grew up in the midwest circa late 60's through the 1970's. trucker country music was everywhere. i hadn't thought about the social implications that created it and made it popular. it wasn't my favorite music of the day, but hey, if "convoy" was playing i sang right along. that was what was great about that particular period in popular music. you could turn on the radio and hear "convoy" followed by one of queen's hits, then led zeppelin, then the disco star wars theme, then marvin gaye, then the partridge family, then aretha franklin, then the rolling stones, and on and on. because of this, i have such eclectic tastes in music. and i am really grateful for this. it's more fun to like things than to not like things. it's all in what and how you've been exposed to something.
cameronl62 12 दिन पहले
C.W. McCall's "Wolf Creek Pass" > "Convoy".
Johnny rebel
Johnny rebel 12 दिन पहले
If you can’t understand these types of songs you shouldn’t even be listening to them
bluered1322 12 दिन पहले
The narration talks about CB as if it doesn't exist anymore. I know it isn't what it used to be, but I can guarantee if traffic is stopped on the interstate there are drivers yapping away about it and passing time. You just don't know it
Zak MMR 12 दिन पहले
This show is so good. The variety and how you make genres a lot of people aren't aware of really interesting and make people care about them... So good.
Senātus Populusque Rōmānus
Senātus Populusque Rōmānus 12 दिन पहले
i know every single one of these songs, my dad was a trucker and i spent a lot of time in trucks.
COSMIC WARTOAD 13 दिन पहले
CB died in Britain by being made legal and mainstream.
COSMIC WARTOAD 13 दिन पहले
Not as good as Eastbound And Down
Erica Cole
Erica Cole 13 दिन पहले
"bound to a wheelchair"? YOU KNOW BETTER!!! The term these days is "wheelchair user"!
dindog22 13 दिन पहले
when we were growing up my brother was really into trucker country music and he had a CB radio. he became a truck driver
Grilledcheese Eater
Grilledcheese Eater 13 दिन पहले
im not one to cry but ol' red gets me everytime
JETZcorp 13 दिन पहले
I love trucker country; it's easily my favorite firm of country. My handle when I was a kid was "Roadrunner", which was Kawasaki's marketing name for the old trail bike I had (and still have). Much like callsigns in the Air Force, you shouldn't get to choose your own handle.
Bon Zheng
Bon Zheng 13 दिन पहले
so is this how apple's show the call coming out?
K Høgg
K Høgg 13 दिन पहले
BJ and the Bear ❤️
Dawson Fowler
Dawson Fowler 14 दिन पहले
What do you mean ''Fad''
__ 14 दिन पहले
I was just thinking how I wanted to hear *VOX'S THOUGHTS ON THE TRUCKER COUNTRY OF THE 1970's* WHAT?
Tinman 14 दिन पहले
Now they use WhatsApp. :)
Francisco Villaseñor
Francisco Villaseñor 14 दिन पहले
wait, this guy made toccata?
Dark Carousel
Dark Carousel 14 दिन पहले
Where are all the trucker songs about hooking up with eachother at truck stops?
Skylar Carrasco
Skylar Carrasco 14 दिन पहले
Pretty sure Buck Owens was a truck driver in the late 40’s driving through the valley and that’s how he settled in Bakersfield, CA.
frankbergmanII 14 दिन पहले
I hope Beck makes a song about an autonomous electric freight carrier swerving heroically to save a school bus fulla kids
Stephanie Gardner
Stephanie Gardner 14 दिन पहले
i need spotify playlists for each of these videos 😭😭
carroyo911 14 दिन पहले
Many regular, normal people purchased and installed these in their cars and would talk with anyone on the airwaves, including the truckers, who were always ready to warn us about "smokey" on the roads... Man, the 70's CB radio craze was fun, fun, fun...
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