I like my truck. Its right outside. Besides, trucks are cool and a heck of a lot safer in traffic than some low to the ground vehicle wrapped in metal the thickness of a Pepsi can. With all their perks and benefits its really no wonder that there's been a lot of country songs about trucks written in the past several decades.
I can't stand driving a car. Too short. Inconvenient. Can't haul much in one of them things. A little too country? For someone from the city - Truck Yeah! Tim Mc Graw seems in agreement in with me in response to the opinion of the author over at Saving Country Music. I have to wonder who he thinks he's saving it from as his opinion is way off base. There's a heck of a lot of people driving trucks beyond the city limits sign. Farmers need trucks. Cowboys need trucks. There's a darn good reason for bumper stickers, t-shirts and barn caps that say, "Silly cowboy, trucks are for girls."
Where I grew up, We Rode In Trucks. Luke Bryan only tells about the connection of pickup trucks to red Georgia clay. Trust me, they're every bit as organic to country life in every other part of the USA. They look just as good wearing rich brown topsoil as they do that pulverized lava rock soil in the south. Trucks can handle a little Mud on the Tires as Brad Paisley reminds us. It's the best thing to be driving in mud and snow. Farm kids learn to drive at an early age - it takes all available hands to man tractors and trucks in day to day operations. When their feet can reach the pedals, driving lessons begin.
Not all kids' early connection with trucks begin on the farm. Sometimes its special moments when daddy lets you drive like Alan Jackson is talking about in Drive (for Daddy Gene). Times like those stick with you forever and its perfectly natural to share the same feeling years later with your own kids. You'll have to be in the country to pull this off. Inside the city limits, you'll find yourself in a world of poo with the law.
Kip Moore is right, there's just, Somethin' Bout A Truck. Somewhere in the late 1980s to early 1990s city folks discovered that pickup trucks aren't just a Cowboy Cadillac (Confederate Railroad) or a Hillbilly Deluxe (Brooks & Dunn). So its really no oddity that there's been a recent rash of country songs about trucks. The kids growing up then, no matter where they lived, had trucks all around them. They rode in them just like a car and saw the beauty of these automotive assets no sedan, coupe or van could ever hope to offer. And now they're young, up and coming country music singers and songwriters.
A good looking truck is testosterone on wheels. Put an attractive guy behind the wheel and its a double whammy. Its really no surprise that Joe Diffie tells the story of meeting all his wives in traffic jams in Pickup Man. A little trouble with love and trucks go together. Glen Campbell is obviously down on his luck romantically speaking in I Love My Truck. Rhett Atkins seems to be in a similar spot with That Ain't My Truck. Things have definitely soured when someone else's truck is parked in her driveway. Brice Lee is definitely missing someone near and dear to him in I Drive Your Truck, but it's likely his brother or a buddy judging from the stuff rolling around in the truck... unless its recent trash from his occupation and not part of the memories.
Don't get the idea that trucks are preferred by the brokenhearted. Garth Brooks has one rocking at one in the morning in Ain't Comin' Down til The Sun Comes Up. Toby Keith fell in love with a pretty girl in a Big Ol' Truck all tricked out with tires so big he could see her coming to town from a long way off.
Diercks Bentley describes the interior of many a man's truck in his Cab of My Truck track. They aren't always slick and pimped, though Ford, GM, Dodge, Chevrolet and Toyota are tickled pink with our love of shiny new trucks in the USA. Though the previously mentioned blog author is under the delusion that its some kind of conspiracy on the part of Madison Avenue or an auto makers marketing gimmick. You got it all wrong, son. Trucks and country are organically entwined and always have been. They're just as much a part of the fabric of a country lifestyle as cold beer, good whiskey, cowgirls and love. We've been listening to songs about pickup trucks since at least 1993. Before that it was 18-wheelers.
Trucks and country are natural cohabitants. Its perfectly organic.