“Fifteen Gears and Fourteen Wheels”: What Satisfies the Soul

Live truck driving country doesn’t get much better than this:

  From the 1973 Capitol album, Live at the Wheeling Truck Driver’s Jamboree.

Dick Curless LP

Harold Bradley - guitar/leader
Buzz Evans - guitar
Curly Chalker - steel
Joe Allen - bass
Buddy Harman - drums
Jerry Smith - piano

Recorded:
Sept. 2, 1972 - live - Wheeling Truck Drivers Jamboree; Wheeling, WV

Dick Curless Can’t Drive 45

Capitol would release one single from this album – “Chick Inspector” – backed with a non-album track, “Travelin’ Light” in February, 1973.

Chick Inspector 45

“Springfield Guitar Social”: Who’s Who of Guitar Wizardry

If you’re pressed for time but curious to know more about the stringed instrument masters who inspired and laid the groundwork for the the classic rock generation to come, here is a two-and-a-half minute Cliffs Notes guide that demonstrates Thumbs Carllile‘s uncanny ability to play in the style of such guitarists as Grady Martin, Jimmy Bryant, Les Paul, George Barnes, Chet Atkins, Hank Garland, Speedy West, Billy Byrd – and himself:

This musical roll call of fleet-fingered axe-pickers was recorded in 1958 and released on Starday in 7-inch as well as 12-inch form.

At No Extra Cost

If you’ve never seen Thumbs Carllile play, then you’re really in for a treat.  As it turns out, Stanley Jordan wasn’t the first person to approach playing the guitar like a piano.  Check out this exhilarating version of “Li’l Liza Jane” from Bill Wemberly & His Country Rhythm Boys, featuring the dual guitar wizardry of Thumbs Carllile and Curly Chalker from Red Foley’s “Ozark Jubilee” TV show.