Truck drivers and musicians share a common trait – they both travel long miles to get their job done. Country musicians of the 60s and 70s learned how to tell stories of traveling nights on lonesome highways that connected with working class truckers. Truck drivers and their lifestyles were romanticized, but never fictionalized by musicians that who understood the impact of the industry and how much better truckers made America. Even though today the music has changed a bit, the sentiment is still the same.
George Strait has been an advocate of the working class since he burst on to the Nashville scene in 1975 and he continues to hold the title of “King of Country.” He is known for his unique style of western swing music, bar-room ballads, honky-tonk style, and fresh yet traditional Country music. George Strait holds the world record for more number-one hit singles than any other artist in the history of music on any chart or in any genre, having recorded 59 number-one hit singles as of 2012.
Strait is third only to Elvis Presley and The Beatles with the most gold and platinum albums in the history of music and currently is two away from passing them. In April 2009, George Strait was honored by the Academy of Country Music with the Artist of the Decade Award. The artist of the decade award was presented to George Strait by the previous ACM Artist of the Decade Garth Brooks. He continues to tour and write to this day, and has a huge impact on every facet of country music, rockabilly, rock ‘n roll and gospel.
So here’s a ballad directed right at you and yours, truck drivers. If you can’t get the video to play in the page, visit this link at YouTube. ‘Til next time truckers!
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