Truck Driver Songs: Kay Adams “Little Pink Mack”

Here’s another Truck Driver Song to get your motor running! Here we look back at some of the greatest tunes telling the truck driving tale.

Kay Adams is classic country through and through. She won female vocalist of the year during the first ever Country Music Awards presented in 1965. She would make history again within the next year.

Before 1966, women never recorded songs about truck driving. Adams, however, had a hit that year with “Little Pink Mack,” a song giving the point of view of a woman driver, which is the only song on the album by a woman. In the song her truck has chrome and it “has polka-dot curtains hangin’ in the sleeper,” but is the fastest big-wheeler on the road.

Adams was one of the first female country singers to shy away from straight ballads, and go for a more “showy” and spirited country sound with a fully electrified band to back her. With a full-force Bakersfield sound twangy Telecaster and some fuzz-tone steel guitar, Adams turned heads and confronted stereotypes from the get go. Even with her award-winning pedigree, Adams would consistently fight for exposure because of her chosen styles that mimicked rockabilly more than traditional country at times. Nashville and its fans simply weren’t ready for that kind of kicking chicken pick sounds, and her sales showed it, unfortunately.

Either way, we know you’ll love this throwback to a glitzy, rockin roadhouse sound of the 60s. Till next time truck drivers!