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Truck Tales: The Story Behind The Truck
Find out where Miranda Lambert and more got inspiration for their truck loving songs!
Country artists have a longstanding tradition of creating music that highlights the relationship between them and their automobiles. Many of us can relate to the sentimentality revolving around our vehicles and have quite a few country songs that can put those feelings into words.
One vehicle in particular that finds itself featured most often is the truck. From Tim McGraw's “Truck Yeah" to Kip Moore's “Somethin' Bout a Truck," you'll notice that a truck is much more than just a mode of transportation for many country musicians. Aside from the obvious cool factor and pleasing aesthetic, it's a vehicle for telling the wholesome stories that make country music so powerful.
To help feature some of our favorite examples, we've put together a list of songs that highlight trucks and have a special place in country stars' music and hearts.
1. “I Hold On" - Dierks Bentley
Number one is a truck that goes by the name of “Big White." It's owner? Dierks Bentley. Heavily featured in Bentley's song “I Hold On," the story behind this truck will warm your heart like any good country song does. In an interview, Dierks explains that he and his late father would take the truck on road trips together — a memory he'll never forget.
Here are some of the lyrics: “It's just an old beat up truck / some say that I should trade up …. But what they don't understand / is it's the miles that make the man …. What they don't know is that my Dad and me / we drove her out to Tennessee / and she's still here and now he's gone / so I hold on."
Listen to “I Hold On" in the video below as well as watch his touching interview:
2. “I Drive Your Truck" - Lee Brice
Lee Brice brings us truck number two, a black Dodge Ram, straight out of his 2013 CMA Song Of The Year, “I Drive Your Truck." This song isn't about borrowing somebody's pickup to take for a spin or run some errands like the video may initially suggest. It pays respect to an American hero, Jared Monti, who was killed in Afghanistan while trying to save a comrade and captures the pain and longing that Jared's father Paul felt. What initially seems like a joyride is really a strong bond between father and son. A bond so strong that Jared's father still drives his black Dodge Ram pickup to this day.
The lyrics go: “I drive your truck / I roll every window down / and I burn up / every back road in this town / I find a field, I tear it up / 'Til all the pain's a cloud of dust / Yeah, sometimes I drive your truck."
Watch Brice's “I Drive Your Truck" in the clip below:
3. “Automatic" - Miranda Lambert
Number three has to be one of the coolest retro cars out there. Which is completely believable because few are as cool as Miranda Lambert. She gives a shout-out to her old 1955 Chevy pickup truck in her hit song “Automatic," (hyperlink to song here) which means it really must be something else. You don't get a shout-out from Miranda Lambert without being awesome. “God knows that shifting gears ain't what it used to be / I learned to drive that '55 just like a queen."
Watch Lambert's sentimental video for “Automatic" in the video below:
It even doubles as a dogmobile. Lambert's retro Chevy does it all.
4. “If My Truck Could Talk" - Jason Aldean
Jason Aldean rounds out this list with his Red '76 Ford Bronco. Guess how he got it? It was a gift from Luke Bryan!
And he totally decked it out. It has leather seats and embroidered Ace And Jack playing cards on each headrest. He loves it — just look at the lyrics to “If My Truck Could Talk." “If my truck could talk / I couldn't deny a word it said / I'd just smile and shake my head."