- Released: July 27, 2004
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
- 1.Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves
- 2.Sleeper, Five-By-Two
- 3.Black Smoke a Blowin' Over 18 Wheels (That's Home Sweet Home)
- 4.Truck Daddy
- 5.Take Me Home
- 7.A Tombstone Every Mile
- 8.Born to Be a Trucker
- 9.I'll Be Goin' Home to Momma
- 10.Piggyback Blues
- 11.Old Sam
- 12.Truck Drivin' Fool
Personnel: Red Simpson (vocals).
Liner Note Author: Rich Kienzle.
This album's title serves as fair warning that it's thematically limited, being devoted -- like Simpson's debut LP, Roll, Truck, Roll -- entirely to songs about trucks, driving them, and the truckdriver lifestyle. Yet it's not as much of a novelty, or a novelty that wears out its welcome within a few songs, as you might think. For Simpson's palette might be limited, but he's the master of what he knows, singing with matter-of-fact, droll conviction about the hazards, sadness, and ennui (and not so much the joys) of literally being on the road. Also, the backing and arrangements are crisp and first-class '60s honky tonk-ish country, and while there is pathos in Simpson's subject matter, he never mines it so shamelessly that he stoops to the self-pitying or unconsciously self-satirical. The musical mood is varied, too, from the "Hot Rod Lincoln"-like jitteriness of "Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves" and the proud title track to sincere wistful ballads. ~ Richie Unterberger