Memorial Day with Red Simpson and Super Chikan


May 23rd, 2001 ~ For the first road holiday of the year, we speak with country stalwart Red Simpson. Though the only truck he'd ever driven was for Good Humor, Simpson was recruited by Capitol Records to sing about the trucking life, scoring hits like "The Highway Patrol" and "I'm a Truck." Also a visit with a former truck driver, now yodeling Mississippi bluesman Super Chikan! Steady at the wheel!

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  • Key to the Highway Dinah Washington
    Back to the Blues, Roulette
  • Key to the Highway Clifton Chenier
    Bon Ton Roulet, Arhoolie
  • Travelin' Mood Snooks Eaglin
    The Complete Imperial Recordings, Capitol
  • Hitch Hike Marvin Gaye
    The Master, Motown
  • Truckin' Duke Ellington
    Duke Ellington and His Orchestra 1935-36, Classics
  • Everybody's Truckin Modern Mountaineers
    Heroes of Country Music Vol.1, Rhino
  • Instrumental: Truckin' Pickin' on the Grateful Dead
    Pickin' on the Grateful Dead, CMH
  • Truck Stop Mills Brothers
    Cab Driver, Ranwood
  • Motivatin' Man Red Simpson
    Country Western Truck Drivin' Singer, Razor & Tie
  • INTERVIEW: Red Simpson
  • 40 Miles of Bad Road Duane Eddy
    Hot Rods and Custom Classics, Rhino
  • State Trooper Bruce Springsteen
    Nebraska, Sony
  • Instrumental: Feelin' Bad Blues Ry Cooder
    Music by Ry Cooder, Warner
  • Going Down the Road Feeling Bad Woody Guthrie
    This Land is Your Land, Folkways
  • Travelin' This Lonesome Road Bill Monroe
    16 Gems, Sony
  • Don't Let the Devil Ride Joe May
    Men of Gospel, Peacock
  • Race with the Devil Gene Vincent
    Hot Rods and Custom Classics, Rhino
  • Ride Into the Sun Luna
    Slide, Elektra
  • Open Bed: Born to be Wild The Moog Cookbook
    Ye Old Space Bande, Restless
  • Folksongs for Our Time: Oh Dat Freeway System Stan Freberg
    Tip of the Freeberg, Rhino
  • Action Packed Ronnie Dee
    Hot Rods and Custom Classics, Rhino
  • Daddy Had a Buick Robert Earl Keen
    A Bigger Piece of the Sky,
  • Pontiac Blues Sonny Boy Williamson
    Hot Rods and Custom Classics, Rhino
  • Brand New Cadillac Vince Taylor & His Playboys
    Loud, Fast & Out of Control, Rhino
  • Voodoo Cadillac Southern Culture on the Skids
    Dirt Track Date, Geffen
  • Instrumental: Chicken Strut The Meters
    Funkify Your Life, Rhino
  • INTERVIEW: Super Chikan
  • Fried Chicken Rufus Thomas
    The Hi Records R&B Years, Hi
  • Eat that Chicken Charles Mingus
    Mingus Ah Um, Columbia
  • Travelin' Blues Lefty Frizzell
    Look What Thoughts Will Do, Columbia
  • All I Want Joni Mitchell
    Blue, Geffen
  • Travelin' Light Billie Holiday
    Songs of Lost Love, Verve
  • Long Road to Travel Lonnie Johnson
    American Roots Collection, Folkways
  • King of the Road Wes Montgomery & Jimmy Smith
    The Further Adventures, Verve
  • Travel the Road of Love Jimmy Rushing
    Rushing Lullabies, Sony