Theme for a Trucker

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Theme for a Trucker (Double 7")
EP by Whiskeytown
Released April 1997
Recorded December 1996 at Captured Live, Durham, NC & Modern Recording Service, Chapel Hill, NC
Genre Alternative country
Length 14:28
Label Bloodshot
Producer Chris Stamey
Whiskeytown chronology
Faithless Street
(1995)Faithless Street1995
Theme for a Trucker
Rural Free Delivery
(1997)Rural Free Delivery1997

Theme for a Trucker is a limited edition double 7" vinyl EP by alternative country band Whiskeytown, released by Bloodshot Records in 1997.[1] According to the Bloodshot Records website, only 2000 copies were pressed.[2]

Music and lyrics[edit]

The song "Theme for a Trucker" was written by Ryan Adams as a tribute to his friend Jere McIlwean, who had recently died from a heroin overdose. McIlwean (who had also been a bandmate of Adams in his pre-Whiskeytown days) was in a band named Trucker; hence the title of the song. Said Adams of McIlwean: "He’d hate that song so bad; he hated country. Well, he didn’t hate country music, but he didn’t like my version of it, anyway.”[3][4]

According to a 1997 article in No Depression magazine, Whiskeytown's cover of the True Believers' "The Rain Won't Help You When It's Over" almost made it onto this release. The song's inclusion was even lobbied for by its composer, Alejandro Escovedo.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Theme for a Trucker" Adams 4:29
2. "My Heart Is Broken" Adams/Cary 3:05
3. "Houses On The Hill" Adams/Cary 2:26
4. "The Strip" Adams 4:28

Personnel and production credits[edit]


  1. ^ Blackstock, Peter (1997). "Whiskeytown - "Theme for a Trucker" / "Heart Is Broken" / "The Strip" / "Houses on the Hill"". No Depression. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  2. ^ "Theme for a Trucker (Double 7"): Bloodshot Records". Bloodshot Records. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  3. ^ Blackstock, Peter (1997). "Whiskeytown - Falling down, standing up: Americana and Roots Music - No Depression". No Depression. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  4. ^ duBrowa, Corey (2001-12-01). "Ryan Adams: Saving Private Ryan". Magnet. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  5. ^ Menconi, David (1997). "Whiskeytown - Adams and Escovedo". No Depression. Retrieved 2011-02-04.