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Andre Gardner

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Traffic on The Blue Route (I-476) near Media, PA, 9/29/19

On this 10/4 I wanted to pay tribute to all the truckers, work drivers and travelers who traverse the highways across the US.  Radios of all types are a road traveler’s friend and truckers are probably the last people to actually use CB radios these days.  As a kid, it was always a fantasy of mine to hit the road and see what was out there. My Dad and I used to throw out the 10 codes when we took our walkie talkies out on long bike rides.   I guess that’s why I took my daughter cross-country three times!

So on 10/4, “OK” in trucker CB lingo,  brush up real quickly on your lingo:

CB Terminology and Trucker Slang

All truckers should at least be familiar with CB radio terminology and 10-codes. If you've seen Smokey and the Bandit, you probably already know what 10-4 means. If another trucker on the CB radio says "There's a bear at your back door", should you be scared?

And let’s enjoy these great songs about truckin’, and travelin’, across the USA…

Convoy – CW McCall

CW McCall Convoy

Bill Fries aka CW McCall performs Convoy on the Mike Douglas Show (August 1976)

The trucker anthem!!  You never hear this anymore!!  Fun fact:  on this performance from 1976 on the Mike Douglas Show, my Dad was standing just offstage! (He worked on the show during its entire Philadelphia run.)

 

 

Willin’ – Little Feat

Willin' -- Little Feat

2006 Remastered LP version. Don't own rights to this song other than purchasing my own copy. This photo was captured by Crayolajustgotbetter on Deviant Art: http://crayolajustgotbetter.deviantart.com/art/Trucker-317637352 Song's lyrics: http://www.littlefeat.net/index.php?page=lyrics&dc_id=309

Definitely my fave trucker song, and Little Feat song, ever.  Miss you, Lowell.

 

 

America – Simon & Garfunkel

Simon & Garfunkel - America (Audio)

"America" by Simon & Garfunkel Listen to Simon & Garfunkel: https://SimonAndGarfunkel.lnk.to/listenYD Subscribe to the official Simon & Garfunkel YouTube Channel: https://SimonAndGarfunkel.lnk.to/subscribeYD Follow Simon & Garfunkel: Facebook: https://SimonAndGarfunkel.lnk.to/followFI Website: https://SimonAndGarfunkel.lnk.to/followWI YouTube: https://SimonAndGarfunkel.lnk.to/subscribeYD Spotify: https://SimonAndGarfunkel.lnk.to/followSI Lyrics: Let us be lovers, we'll marry our fortunes together I've got some real estate here in my bag So we bought a pack of cigarettes and Mrs.

Sheesh, can Paul Simon write a beautiful song!!

 

 

Roll On Down The Highway – BTO

Great for so many reasons, one of which is that it’s sung by CF Turner!

 

 

Truckin’ – Grateful Dead

Truckin' (2015 Remaster)

Provided to YouTube by Grateful Dead/Rhino Truckin' (2015 Remaster) · Grateful Dead The Best of the Grateful Dead ℗ 1969 Warner Records Inc.

You think I WASN’T going to include this??

 

 

Uneasy Rider – Charlie Daniels

Uneasy Rider

Provided to YouTube by Sony Music Entertainment Uneasy Rider · The Charlie Daniels Band A Decade Of Hits ℗ 1973 Sony Music Entertainment Inc. Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Producer: Charlie Daniels Associated Performer: Joel Di Gregorio Associated Performer: Fred Edwards Associated Performer: Charlie Hayward Associated Performer: Tom Crain A&r Coordinator: Patti Matheny A&r Coordinator: Darren Salmieri Mastering Engineer: Chris Athens Auto-generated by YouTube.

Charlie’s first hit was a story, whether or not true, about a detour during a road trip.

 

 

Take It Easy – Eagles

Take It Easy (2013 Remaster)

Provided to YouTube by Rhino/Elektra Take It Easy (2013 Remaster) · Eagles The Very Best Of The Eagles (Remastered) ℗ 1972 Asylum Records Digital Remasterer: Bernie Grundman Banjo: Bernie Leadon Lead Guitar: Bernie Leadon Backing Vocals: Bernie Leadon Drums: Don Henley Backing Vocals: Don Henley Acoustic Guitar: Glenn Frey Slide Guitar: Glenn Frey Lead Vocals: Glenn Frey Engineer, Producer: Glyn Johns Bass Guitar: Randy Meisner Backing Vocals: Randy Meisner Writer: Glenn Frey Writer: Jackson Browne Auto-generated by YouTube.

Of course, during our 2016 cross country trip along I-40, we HAD to stand on that very corner.

 

 

East Bound And Down – (from Smokey & The Bandit) – Jerry Reed

Jerry Reed - East Bound and Down (Audio)

"East Bound and Down" by Jerry Reed Listen to to the album East Bound and Down: https://JerryReed.lnk.to/E-boundYD Listen to The Essential Jerry Reed on streaming services: https://JerryReed.lnk.to/essentialYD Follow Jerry Reed: Facebook: https://JerryReed.lnk.to/fbYD Streaming Services: https://JerryReed.lnk.to/streamYD Lyrics to East Bound and Down: East bound and down, loaded up and truckin', We're gonna do what they say can't be done.

Reed is one of my favorites, for “Amos Moses” alone, and I loved this scene in Smokey & The Bandit with him, Burt Reynolds and Jackie Gleason.

 

Great, now I want to hit the road!!

~@andregardner