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Appreciating Truck Drivers Through Truck-Drivin’ Songs

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Appreciating Truck Drivers Through Truck-Drivin’ Songs

The American Conservative May 15, 2020
OtherCulture & Society

These road warriors have always been essential workers, but with technological innovation, could this be the end of the road?

“Thank God for truckers,” President Trump said last month at a White House event honoring truck drivers and their pivotal response to Covid-19. “You’re America’s heroes,” Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao added. 

That truck drivers are “the foot soldiers who are really carrying us to victory” against the virus, as Trump put it, is not lost on the American people. Hashtags like #ThankATrucker are trending on social media, and images of signs and care packages for drivers abound on Instagram. 

In light of this national celebration of truckers, it’s worth savoring their rich contribution to Americana: truck-driving country music, a genre that’s existed since before the interstate highway was even complete. From Dave Dudley to Red Simpson, artists offer listeners the opportunity to hear from the perspective of the quintessential “truck-drivin’ son of a gun,” as Dudley puts it. And quarantine offers the perfect opportunity to partake.

Continue reading the entire piece here at The American Conservative

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Howard Husock is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, where he directs the Tocqueville Project, and author of the new book, Who Killed Civil Society?

Photo by jetcityimage/iStock

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