I'm currently hammering up for my big 10-4 Queer Country Junction happening this weekend at the World Famous Kenton Club (2025 N Kilpatrick St, Portland, OR 97217). Therefore, my very first pick for the DJ Action Slacks Record of the Day will be my favorite trucker song. It was released in 1968 by Oklahoman Norma Jean Beasler. Like many a country "girl singer", Norma was part of a proud country music tradition of using her first two names as her stage name (Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle, Peggy Sue, etc).
Until she went solo, Norma was best known for her long stint on Porter Wagoner's tv show. Once she broke free, she laid down some of the finest feminist country records of the 1960s. "Truck Driving Woman" is perhaps the finest of all of them! I have another version of this song (perhaps the original?) but it pails in comparison. She rips through this song with feminist conviction and the production is light and bouncy putting you right in the passenger's seat rolling down the highway and having an adventure right along side Norma Jean.
The record's structure is extremely similar to one of the most popular classic country dance records of all time. That's not necessarily a bad thing. If a formula works, I can't blame people for wanting to use it. However, as a DJ the one thing I do not like about Norma Jean's "Truck Driving Woman" is that is has nearly the same intro as that other popular record. So whenever I slap it on the tables and press play, the crowd thinks I'm playing "Your Good Girl is Gonna Go Bad". They cheer and start to dance, then a hush falls over the dance floor and people look confused. That is the only drawback to this FINE record. On it's own, it's fantastic! Give it a listen and get revved up!
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I'm excited to highlight some of my favorite records in a variety of genres (soul, R&B, classic country, rockabilly, oldies, garage rock, etc). These won't all necessarily be "dance" records per se. They will all be records that I believe deserve a special listen. I simply love good music, rare or not. Hopefully you will spend some time here and love music right along with me! Lets give this a shot!