Country music is country music, and the best definition of what country music is, is that you know it when you hear it. It’s self-evident. But the genre has birthed many subgenres, many stylistic movements over the years, and at times has seen a splintering and Balkanization.
Call him one of the overlords of country trucker songs, but don’t call him a one hit wonder. His name was William Dale Fries Jr., but the world knew him as C.W. McCall, and knew of him through his iconic country trucker epic “Convoy.”
Bill Fries, Bob Wayne, C.W. McCall, Chip Davis, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, Dale Watson, Dave Dudley, Del Reeves, Dick Curless, Franklin County Trucking Company, Junior Brown, Kris Kristofferson, Mannheim Steamroller, Red Simpson, Red Sovine
Once again it is a television series that is stepping up to deliver what mainstream country radio and other conventional music mediums often don’t, which is the music from independent artists that is resonating with the public despite commonly being overshadowed.
Augie Myers, Dave Dudley, Doug Sahm, Jacob Tovar, JD McPherson, Jimmie Rodgers, Lee Hazlewood, Mato Wayuhi, Reservation Dogs, Samantha Crain, Sir Douglas Quintet, Sterlin Harjo, Sturgill Simpson, The Allman Brothers Band, Tiffany Anders, Turnpike Troubadours
Kris Kristofferson may have never shot anyone or spent time in prison, but when you look at his life and accomplishments, it is an absolute marvel of the American experience. From starting off as a Rhodes Scholar, to becoming a helicopter pilot in the Army, to being responsible for a Hall of Fame career in country, to becoming a Hollywood superstar and dating singers and actors…
A Star Is Born, Barbara Streisand, Bob Dylan, Bobby Neuwirth, Dave Dudley, helicopter, Janis Joplin, Johnny Cash, June Carter, Kris Kristofferson, Luther Perkins, Me & Bobby McGee, Oxford University, Payback, Ray Stevens, Rhodes Scholar, Rita Coolidge, Sunday Morning Coming Down
This isn’t an album of truckin’ songs that you sit back and listen to nostalgically, this thing takes a big arm cocked at a 90-degree angle like it’s about to give a hearty yank of the air horn, and instead grabs you by the gruff of your neck and pulls you right up into the cab of a serious diesel machine for one sensational ride. It might be one of the best Dale Watson albums to date.
Call them the underground roots house band or the underground roots All-Star Band, either way the super couple of fiddle player Liz Sloan, and upright bass player (and banjo player, apparently) Jared McGovern have comprised, and do comprise the backbone of so many hard-working, road-weary roots bands, it’s a wonder they have any time to breathe, let alone record their own album.
A big battle ground in country music right now is the presence of so many songs about trucks. Though this recent popularity trend seems especially sinister in its simplistic, incessant nature, it is not necessarily unprecedented in country. From the early 60’s into the mid 70’s, songs about semi-trucks and truck drivers were all the rage, with big names like Merle Haggard, Del Reeves, and Buck Owens getting in on the action.
Aaron Tippin, Asleep at the Wheel, Bob Wayne, Buck Owens, C.W. McCall, Commander Cody, Dale Watson, Dave Dudley, Del Reeves, Dick Curless, Jerry Reed, Junior Brown, Merle Haggard, Red Simpson, Red Sovine, Tom T. Hall, truck driving songs, trucker songs, Webb Pierce