This week’s topic for Twisted MixTape is Dealer’s Choice! If you ever wanted to jump on the bandwagon this would be the time! You choose your topic, but let’s not get crazy folks. I listen to every one of your mixes, so keep it as close to 5 as possible!
Once upon a time I wanted to be a truck driver. Desperately. I used to tell anyone who asked this messy-haired brown corduroy wearing tom-boy what she wanted to be when she grew up “A truck driver. Or a cowboy.” Which would be met with blank stares.
Being part of the generation that was raised on B.J. and the Bear and Smokey and the Bandit, it was probably no wonder that being a truck driver seemed so romantic. I mean really, my choice is riding in a Kenworth with a hottie named Billie Joe, or Burt Reynolds playing Bandit? Uhm, really a no brainer.
Add in the fact that I was a true fan of road trips. And loved me a little 70’s country music. Well, that was about all it took.
Somehow, although I never stopped wanting to be a truck driver, it never came to be. And then….one day…. I married one. What?! It’s a super long story. I met my husband after he decided to retire from hauling an 18 wheeler cross-country for over 15 years. And yes, back in the day, you could make a pretty penny doing that.
So, we got married, had a kid 5 years later, and then swiftly began indoctrinating that child.
When I realized that my child had a love of the same corny 70’s truck driver country music I did, well there was no stopping me.
This could have been a variety show, but the truth is – Jerry Reed has my heart. There is no one like Jerry Reed. He was such an incredible song-writer and musician that Elvis had him tracked down in the middle of a fishing trip because he wanted to cover Reed’s song Guitar Man, but no one could play it right. A few years later he teamed up with Chet Atkins, guitar legend, for a few records (Atkins was also his main producer) and Atkins bestowed on him the title of Certified Guitar Player a moniker that Chet Atkins created to describe an artist who personified the ultimate in performance skill and musical quality. He only bestowed that title on four guitar players in his lifetime. Also he was on Scooby Doo, so there’s that. I feel a Raised on the Radio post coming on here.
Sadly, I am not chosing my songs based on Jerry Reed’s gifted guitar playing, although it surely is present. I just can’t get enough of that guys lyrics!
Amos Moses – “When Amos Moses was a boy his daddy would use him as alligator bait. Tie a rope around his waist and through him in the swamp, ha ha, alligator bait in the Louisiana Bayou.”
She Got the Gold Mine (I Got the Shaft) – “Well, she said she would, so, I said, “I do,” But I’d have said I wouldn’t If I’d of just knew How sayin’ ‘I do’ would gonna screw up all of my life.”
Guitar Man – I replaced my first link with this instead. Jerry Reed and Glen Campbell. Perfect.
Alabama Wild Man (this is actually from The Jerry Reed Show – sorry about the audio, but the clip is priceless)
Lord, Mr Ford
Well I’ve got a car that’s mine alone
That me and the finance company own
A ready-made pile of manufactured grief
And if I ain’t out of gas in the pouring rain
I’m a-changin’ a flat in a hurricane
I once spent three days lost on a cloverleaf
Well it ain’t just the smoke and the traffic jam
That makes me the bitter fool I am
But this four-wheel buggy is
A-dollaring me to death
For gas and oils and fluids and grease
And wires and tires and anti freeze ….
And what kind of list would this be if I didn’t include the song that started it all for me?
East Bound and Down from Smokey and the Bandit. If you’re nostalgic or haven’t seen the movie, you must watch!
Thank you for listening, now share your MixTape with all of us. The best part of this party is we get to hear so much music that may be new, may be forgotten or may be just what you wanted to hear right now.
These are the rules. Five songs (give or take). Stick to the theme (as best you can). Check out the other players (everyone wants to share their tunes with you). Create a mix, not a “hey look at all the cool songs I know” we’re not snobs, if you were our best bud and you were gonna make us a tape, what would it be? And share this party so more people will play next week!
Do me a favor, if you’re a veteran, try and visit at least one person you’ve never visited before.
And now, The List of all Lists
November 12 – Song’s that tell a story. These can be epics or not. Just a story. You know, just not la la la I love you or I hate you or whatever….
November 19 – Cheating Songs
November 26 – I know it’s gonna be hard, with Thanksgiving and all, but this is a really fun topic suggested by my favorite mixer-uper, literally, she’s always mixing up the topic. Kerri from Undiagnosed but Okay. She said, how about a “this song could’ve sent me to jail?” I was intrigued, but needed more. Hmmm let’s see the Doors come on baby get higher 🙂 Or Carrie Underwood doing a little grand larceny beating up her boyfriends truck? Blondie gets arrested after seeing Aliens in Rapture Or even to be funnier: Joe Cocker you can leave your hat on, so if I left just my hat on I would be arrested for indecent exposure. Trust me it wouldn’t be pretty! – Now I get it!
December 3 – It is officially OK to be listening to Christmas Music now! Bring it on! Maybe we’ll find some new favorite Christmas tunes for our holiday playlists!
Once it is officially Tuesday, Wrong Song Lyrics goes live over at Raised on the Radio. If you haven’t visited my sister site that is a collaboration with Linda Roy and Lance Burson, what are you waiting for? Also! If you haven’t contributed your Wrong Song Lyrics what are you waiting for? Click here, it’ll take 3 minutes top! And your blog will get a shout out too!
You are sorely missed Jerry, but your music plays on.