Memorial Day


May 24th, 2000 ~ For Memorial Day, the first road holiday of the year, we speak with Red Simpson, who despite his not-quite-ready-for-the-Teamsters credentials (the only truck he'd driven was for Good Humor) was recruited by Capitol Records to sing trucking songs in the mid-60s. He went onto record great road songs like "The Highway Patrol" and "I'm a Truck."

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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