Truck Driver Songs: Hank Snow “I’ve Been Everywhere”

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Hey drivers, we’re back with another episode of our site’s favorite series Truck Driver Songs. Here we look back at some of the greatest musical odes to the North American trucker and all they do for us.

This week we go way back to the 60s for a classic country ditty with a lot of lyrics that would make any songwriter think twice.

Hank Snow isn’t the most well-known artist from the golden era of country music, but he had a big impact on both country and rock n’ roll. He was also considered a primary influence on many musicians who took popular music to another level.

What was Snow famous for? Along with being a great storyteller and traveling with a crackerjack live band, Hank was the first person to recognize the appeal and talent of one Elvis Presley. Snow used his connections to help get Presley live performances at the Grand Ole Opry and also introduced him to his life-long manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

Performing in lavish and colourful sequin-studded suits, Snow had a career covering six decades during which he sold more than 80 million albums. Despite his lack of schooling, Snow was a gifted songwriter and in 1978 was elected to Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 1979, he was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

Artists that consider Hank Snow a primary influence include Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Ray Charles and Chet Atkins. Snow is literally “The guy behind the guy,” as they say in business.

Today we have an old live television performance of one of Snow’s greatest hits called “I’ve Been Everywhere.” We also have a cover of the song by Johnny Cash. Enjoy, truck drivers!

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