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Trucking Music Review: ‘Eighteen wheels and a dozen roses’

11.8.2019 - 12:09 PM Comments: 0

Welcome to a new series that’s kicking off on the blog, where I review truck-driving country music, or trucking music, for short. 

I, as an ardent hater of country music, am taking on this challenge head-on. I didn’t know that this subsection of country music existed, so now that I know, I’ll be committing time and energy to find out if it’s any good.

For the first edition of this series, I’ll be reviewing “Eighteen wheels and a dozen roses” by Kathy Mattea. 

Some background on Mattea, she was a successful country artist who charted over thirty songs in the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, with four of them going number one. 

“Eighteen wheels and a dozen roses” was one of those songs that charted at number one, which is why we’ll be reviewing it.

Currently, the song has over 5 million views on YouTube and over 3 million streams on Spotify. Needles to say, it’s pretty successful.

The song centers around Charlie, who’s ready to hang up the ol’ trucker hat and spend the rest of his days with his loving wife. It’s a true, red white and blue love ballad. 

In proper country fashion, the song has an extremely catchy hook, as Kathy really shows off her vocal talent. With such a strong and soothing voice, her vocals are relaxing and help invoke the imagery of a man driving down the highway, ready to return home.

The most impressive aspect of the song, though, is how it really connects with drivers and their significant others. 

Just one glimpse into the YouTube comments, and you’ll see that it’s flooded with drivers and their partners talking about their experiences. 

For those who’ve been on the road for decades, finally getting a chance to spend time with your family on a daily basis must be extremely gratifying, which is a feeling that the song exemplifies really well. 

There’s also a sense of excitement I got from hearing, “Ten more miles on his four-day run

A few more songs from the all-night radio, then he'll spend the rest of his life with the one that he loves.”

It really helps the listener understand the situation, and that Charlie is anxious to get home and spend the rest of his life with his wife. Really touching stuff, honestly. 

Mattea’s singing is lovely and the songwriting is as emotional as it gets, really pulling at the heartstrings and connecting with those familiar with the trucking industry. 

Overall, the song is extremely emotional, catchy, and something that seemingly hits home with a lot of drivers. It was a pleasure listening to it and I can tell why it was so popular. I’ll go ahead and give this one a 10/10.

So what you think about this song? Have you listened to it? If so, tell me your thoughts in the comments or on social media!

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