We’re back with our long-running series of articles on Truck Driver Songs. Here we look back at some amazing examples of country and rock from days past that sing praises of truck drivers everywhere and all that they do for us.
This week is a track from a legend in country music AND rock n’ roll, who can often combine both styles into one song. This song is a perfect example of that.
Duane Eddy grew up playing in Arizona and is one of the best-selling instrumental guitarists of all time. His unique sound from playing techniques and equipment have launched a thousand bands, and influenced many well-known rock and country bands like The Beach Boys, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen and George Harrison.
His influence on rock and rockabilly is universally acknowledged by critics, players and fans. He was even given his own signature hollowbody guitar from Gretsch not once, but three different times over the years.
Even though he was recognized as a leader in rock, surf, country and swing styles of music since the 50s, Eddy had to wait until 1994 to be officially inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Ever humble, he generously thanked the attending audience who had given him a rousing standing ovation for nearly a full minute.
Duane Eddy continues to play sold out shows around the world to this day.
This song from Eddy is the second Truck Driver Song we’ve featured that have no lyrics, but can still tell a story. Our first instrumental Truck Driver Song was a classic by Chet Atkins.[youtube url=”http://youtu.be/2z7nAaTr6JQ” playlist=”Duane Eddy” title=”Truck%20Driver%20Songs%20Duane%20Eddy” width=”450″ height=”320″]