Generally speaking, freight transportation isn't something that inspires artistic expression. That's why we nearly drove off the road when a local radio station recently played not one but two songs with freight-related themes: "White Freightliner Blues" by the late Texas icon Townes Van Zandt and "Texas Eagle" by Steve Earle. The former is about a traveler who seeks solace in the whine of big rigs speeding down the highway; the latter describes a young boy's trip with his grandfather on a now-defunct freight line.
That inspired us to start digging through our collection of vinyl records and CDs for other mode-specific songs. Our search turned up the following trucking-related selections:
And let's not forget the band Drive-by Truckers or singer Derek Trucks ...
Next month we'll round up a few freight railroad songs. Happy listening!