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.

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10-4, Rubber Duck: The story of 'Convoy' by Studio 360

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“I Can’t Drive 55”: The Economics of the CB Radio Phenomenon by Tyler Watts and Jared Barton

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shelby namels
shelby namels 16 दिन पहले
I need to give a shout out to "Roll, Freightliner" by Tom Lang. Not a weak song on the entire CD. Best trucking song in my book? Golden Earring's 'Radar Love'.
joe momma
joe momma 19 दिन पहले
truckin to truckin music is the best
Gee Willikers
Gee Willikers 21 दिन पहले
The world needs sikh country songs about truck drivin'
shelby namels
shelby namels 16 दिन पहले
Can you imagine? They don't drink, they don't get divorced, they are usually good with money, and usually they are not familiar with the inside of a prison cell. It should make for very positive and uplifting song writing.
Jared Nesbitt
Jared Nesbitt 29 दिन पहले
If the last line of "Phantom 309" doesn't give you chills then nothing will.
basxm महीने पहले
Why would a soundtrack not follow the movie its from
EgglestonS Robert
EgglestonS Robert महीने पहले
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Ralph 187
Ralph 187 महीने पहले
Good Ole days of truck driving
Radio Rob
Radio Rob महीने पहले
This video barely scratches the surface of how music, truckers, and CB radio, were such a large part of American entertainment.
greenaum महीने पहले
RINGO STARR was on a country music song (with Buck Owens) in 1963!?!? Was it a different Ringo? What was he doing out there? Wasn't he, like, busy?
mechanik महीने पहले
i can't believe this includes an explanation of what CB radio is. i now feel super old.
Evan Moon
Evan Moon महीने पहले
My favorite song about the trucker Jim Croce - Speedball Tucker
Max Headrom
Max Headrom महीने पहले
Next week: how the real heroes of the working class have come to be called supit rednecks by people who have to walk a few yards to get their groceries - but never thought on how it got there.
Max Headrom
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I knew some long haulers in Brazil who worked in the 70s driving into the Amazon on dirt roads. Long haulers were kept really away from their families for long periods - loosing a son on the road isn't about actually loosing the son on the road but about being on the road away from the son. Also, when a long hauler fully loaded enters a skid the driver can do very little to manage it - it's as if the asphalt had turned into clear ice.
Jose de Jesus Gonzalez Parra
Jose de Jesus Gonzalez Parra महीने पहले
Wow...cb radio. Long story short: the allocated shoulder was a success. And now I'm ok. I fell off my motorcycle. Cutting hair and guitar are ganna continue as normal. So I'm enormously relieved. Stls. 5 insinuated.
Shawn Caldwell
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I cant believe you never once mentioned Smokey and the Bandit and the number one trucker song of all time East Bound and Down.
Jimmy Payne
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I knew about this record cause my this was the top song when my dad was born
SolamenteVees महीने पहले
“Looking at the world through a windshield” the original & the Son Volt cover.
BroAnarchy 2 महीने पहले
Months ago my Co-worker got on the CB when we left the Yard and said "c'mon Rubber Ducky, let's go" , i figured he was talking to me so i just accepted the handle name without much thought. Fast forward to a month ago and i was wearing the name like a badge of honor- but then i found out about _Convoy_ and the Song it was based on, and i was smiling all the way back to the Yard! Now every time i get on the CB i always say _breaker breaker 1 - 9 this here the _*_Rubber Duck_*_ , anyone got a copy, _*_Come On_* 🎙️😃🚚
AR Trucking
AR Trucking 2 महीने पहले
Now that's a Story to keep Rolling to!
Christina Cascadilla
Christina Cascadilla 2 महीने पहले
You left out the part that most truckers used CB radio to debate the finer points of Prout’s writings.
oooga booga
oooga booga 2 महीने पहले
out of topic but i think you guys should cover underground memphis rap
Dave Sendit
Dave Sendit 2 महीने पहले
Look up Jerry reed. Great stuff
Iain Martin
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It’s so cool to see this. My grandpa was a trucker for 54 years and started driving in 1960 and retired in 2014 to health issues. He drove till the last day. I grew up being around trucking and all the old timers from that era in 60s and 70s and listened to those trucker song with my grandpa going up and down the highways in the upper Midwest (mainly Minnesota and Wisconsin). He told me all his stories from those years gone by and I think about him and the memories I have of him everyday. I think the one thing in the trucking industry today that is a problem is that there’s not a many of the old time truckers like my grandpa left. I love the songs and movies from that time. Awesome documentary on this topic. Keep that big truck between the lines and out of ditch 10-4
Falbert Forester
Falbert Forester 2 महीने पहले
This type of music still continues, somewhat. "Papa Loved Mama" - 1992, Garth Brooks. A trucker finds out his wife has been cheating on him, returns and crashes his truck into the motel she's meeting her lover in, leaving his kids effectively orphaned.
Colin Nolan
Colin Nolan 2 महीने पहले
Your titles could use some work ☺️
VCR Thunder
VCR Thunder 2 महीने पहले
you've got the one snowman im east bound and down
Hyung Kyu Lee
Hyung Kyu Lee 2 महीने पहले
stories about poor white people are much sweeter, more human.
Jose de Jesus Gonzalez Parra
Jose de Jesus Gonzalez Parra 2 महीने पहले
Maybe I should order in another folk first then the electric. Just to play a few more songs. Not just ring of fire. Spooky how it all adds up, yep, you got me. Good class. Galactic stuff.
James Simms
James Simms 2 महीने पहले
A little bit after the time period mentioned, but was surprised ‘Smokey & The Bandit’ wasn’t mentioned
Dave Sendit
Dave Sendit 2 महीने पहले
One of the greatest movies of all time!!!
coolstufftodo 2 महीने पहले
Now all country music is the same and they only talk about drinking and their pickup trucks and that’s why I never and cannot listen to modern country. It’s atrocious
Peter Crowl
Peter Crowl 2 महीने पहले
Dave Dudley didn't even want to do Six Days. It was a last minute album filler from what I've read. Nailed it though didn't he?
Freerk de Ruiter
Freerk de Ruiter 2 महीने पहले
I'm happy to have found this and wasn't expecting my country (the Netherlands) to make an appearance here. Good stuff.
P77777777 2 महीने पहले
I was born decades after the CB radio era but I wish they hadnt gone away. I think it would make things safer if vehicles on the highway had some kind of two way radio to communicate the way boats trains and airplanes do maybe even some kind of ground traffic control center that could monitor potential hazards in real time.
Jaymin 2 महीने पहले
I have zero knowledge of music. I come to earworm to look at these delicious animations.
Dodge Landesman
Dodge Landesman 2 महीने पहले
As a traveler who has been to 48 states for fun, trucker songs are the soundtrack of my life, even though I ain't on the job and don't drive a truck. As noted, before it was about train hopping. Country music is a story genre. It goes beyond the cliche of love songs. It talks of drifters, travelers, the pain and joy of a nomadic lifestyle. Americana in its truest form
New Reality
New Reality 2 महीने पहले
my dad played this stuff in the car as a kid I like it all
Shel Burn
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I've been listening to Convoy since I heard it for the first time on My Name Is Earl. Its an actually good song lol
Alden Martin
Alden Martin 2 महीने पहले
Good video vox
Conner Fields
Conner Fields 2 महीने पहले
What should they do next? British Drum n Bass? They haven't covered all the ground of electronic music.
Travis Barrett
Travis Barrett 2 महीने पहले
I live in Omaha, NE, and I am not used to my city being mentioned this much in a video! Gave me a little sense of pride!
Terminal-281 2 महीने पहले
Now imagine making a country song using the dialogue between online gamers ;]
Andrew Martin
Andrew Martin 2 महीने पहले
It should be a techno song...
Marginalia 2 महीने पहले
I'm watching this and thinking to myself how nowadays truckers can at least benefit from podcasts and audiobooks instead of only typical radio ; I'm trying to imagine what kind of radio station back in the 70's would play the entire 'An American prayer' album by Jim Morrison which personally reminds me of spoken word poetry
Joseph Driscoll
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Matt Templin
Matt Templin 2 महीने पहले
CB radio is more useful then what think.
Romancefantasy 2 महीने पहले
Wow 55mph was some political nonsense from the 70's?
John G
John G 2 महीने पहले
Rubber ducky we got us a convoy
grendo44 2 महीने पहले
i'm surprised, this was a pretty good episode
Siyahamba 2 महीने पहले
Oh, wow. I just remembered my parents listening to many of these songs when I was a kid. The memories come flooding back.
Bread Tube
Bread Tube 2 महीने पहले
i really hope earworm isnt cancelled
Franklin Bumgartener
Franklin Bumgartener 2 महीने पहले
I bet $500 Dave Dudley would be mentioned in the first 5 minutes of this video. Sure enough 4:56.
Franklin Bumgartener
Franklin Bumgartener 16 दिन पहले
@shelby namels Too late! It's gone.
shelby namels
shelby namels 16 दिन पहले
Don't spend the money all in one place, ya hear!
David Benda
David Benda 2 महीने पहले
i love it when non country folks try to explain country
Ray Wilson
Ray Wilson 2 महीने पहले
Great video.
Dave M
Dave M 2 महीने 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 2 महीने पहले
James Davis
James Davis 2 महीने पहले
RED SOVINE....all you need to know
jkunz27 2 महीने पहले
Where the F is Jerry Reed and Smokey and the Bandit???
Greg Krynen
Greg Krynen 2 महीने 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
Truck Camper 57
Truck Camper 57 2 महीने पहले
Never heard of them
Edward Little
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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
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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 2 महीने 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 2 महीने पहले
Wolf Creek Pass too.
Mystery Meat
Mystery Meat 2 महीने 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 2 महीने 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
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Aye shoutout to the bakersfield sound.
me323me 2 महीने पहले
Wow this video was so good I kept forgetting it was made by Vox
Justan Extra
Justan Extra 2 महीने पहले
Sent here by Peacock chair-
anar kissed
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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
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absolutely awsome
Uncle Bling
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Go down the C.W. McCall rabbit hole. Start with "Classified". All 6 of his albums are amazing from front to back.
Bianca Nurton
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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
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the only tolerable country music
Nexern 2 महीने पहले
Rebel Radio vibes
Timothy Keith
Timothy Keith 2 महीने 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
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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
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It’s not a fad, it’s anthems of the lifestyle on the road
Thomas Brunkle
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Who else listens to this while driving in the Senora desert 😅
dee al
dee al 2 महीने 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 2 महीने पहले
Mama was a bad mother trucker
Phoenix Guitars
Phoenix Guitars 2 महीने पहले
Tell “em large Marge sent ya!!!
Ethan Kiter
Ethan Kiter 2 महीने पहले
While on the topic of Red Sovine he opened up doors for Charley Pride.
Stacey R.
Stacey R. 2 महीने पहले
Sitting here in SLC in my 2018 Freightliner Cascadia
Ashutosh Mahajan
Ashutosh Mahajan 2 महीने पहले
Earworm is baaaaaack 😭😭
Johnny Hawkins
Johnny Hawkins 2 महीने पहले
That's truck driving!
0311Mushroom 2 महीने 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.
CowboyGittarMan 2 महीने पहले
THat was "Al Packer's Cafe" wasn't it?
Time of your life
Time of your life 2 महीने पहले
Cows With Guns
chiken da gr8
chiken da gr8 2 महीने पहले
Kinda funny I have a Starday trucker record from 1963
Nicholas Deutsch
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Excellent job! Every segment of earworm has been worthwhile
Jack Thompson
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What’s the one about the kid in the weel chair called
Este nombre No Se Sabe
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4:25 Man, I can clearly pull the KRLD every night, at 0:00 here, in Mexico City!
jay oakes
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So awful
Commander Cody.
Commander Cody. 2 महीने 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
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Sittin here between the doors
Rusty Nickels
Rusty Nickels 2 महीने पहले
"Rollin' down the highway until the break of dawn. Drivin' a truck with my high heels on!" -Weird Al Yankovic
Hungry Moose
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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 2 महीने पहले
Convoy the single best country road song outside of Canadian Stompin' Tom Connors - Bud The Spud
Andrew Fischer
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jim croce speedball trucker
Aaron Jaben
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I had the convoy 45
TechTubeHD Reviews
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3:53 Absolutely bombing it down a dirt hill... Typical Swift driver 😭
Stale Potato
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red sovine will never fail to give me the biggest chills
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