Trucking pair make the plunge into the word of music
A radio station in Kansas City, Missouri, recently started a series that used a bad phrase in a good way – the series is called “don’t quit your day job.”
Here’s the idea: That phrase – “don’t quit your day job” – is often used as kind of an insult. It’s a way of saying, you’re not very good at this, so you better keep whatever other way you have to make a living.
What that radio station has discovered instead, is that many artists – singers, guitarists, painters or whatever – who are very good at what they do use that other job for inspiration. It’s not a sign that they’re not good; it’s a big part of what they do; it inspires them.
Perhaps nowhere is that more true than in that unusual little niche we call “truckers’ music.”
Countless country artists over the years, going back to Red Sovine and the Sons of the Pioneers, all the way up to artists such as Aaron Tippin, have sung and played music inspired by the folks behind the wheel.
In a way, the trucker has replaced the cowboy as a symbol of American independence in those songs.
We’ve heard a lot of those singers and other musicians here at OOIDA. And two of the latest are Howard Salmon and Ron Terry – both truckers, both OOIDA members, and both of whom worked on a recent CD titled, “These Trucks Are Made of Gold.”
That song you were listening to just a moment ago was “I Ain’t Gonna Do It Again” – one of the 12 tracks off that very CD.
Howard Salmon has been a trucker since he left the U.S. Air Force in late 1984, and has been on his own authority for 15 years now.
While he was still in the military, Salmon became interested in music.
“This has been a dream of mine, doing music, for quite some time, and these are the songs I’ve written,” Salmon said. “I wanted to get them out finally, so what better time to do it than now.”
Ron Terry ended up Howard’s partner on the CD. But he arrived at that destination from a very different path.
Ron started in trucking, and thought at one point about the military. But he worked instead in law enforcement, eventually racking up 17 years of service in that field before returning to the wheel of a truck, where he’s been for nine years.
During the long runs, Ron started a hobby of writing poems. And some of those ended up being songs on the CD.
Ron Terry wanted an outlet for those poems, but he says that more than anything, it was the chance to work with a good friend that made the idea of putting out a CD sound so good.
“You know Howard,” Terry said. “We met through the XM Radio really, talked over the phone some, and found out we had a lot of common interests, and things that we agreed on, and things that we believed in.
“We were sitting somewhere one day talking, and we were talking about that we needed to combine our forces to put out a project that would be something to be proud of, that would benefit other people,” he added. “With that in mind, we started thinking and working on putting together a project that we could both work on.
“It’s just been a lot of fun, and a lot of enjoyment getting it put together. And everything we hoped for, I think, has come to pass in this.”
“Something that would benefit other people”
Ron said that he and Howard wanted to, in his words, something “that would benefit other people.”
In fact, that was the very purpose of the CD. Howard and Ron created the disc with the intention of donating some of them to go in the care packages that are sent to U.S. troops overseas
But they also had something else in mind. The pair both believe strongly in supporting their fellow truckers.
Howard and Ron have provided 90 of the discs for OOIDA to offer on the air through Land Line Now.
Those discs will go to the first 90 people who call our special member offer line and join OOIDA for the reduced referral rate of $25.
You can take advantage of Howard and Ron’s offer by calling the member offer line, 1-800-32