Convoy – CW McCall
CW McCall didn’t invent the Trucker Music that was popular in the mid-70s, but he did have one of its biggest hits with the song Convoy. The song followed the adventures of a convoy of trucks and other vehicles traveling across the country. A few years later the song was made into a movie starring Kris Kristofferson.
CW McCall is the pseudonym of William Dale Fries, Jr. who in 1973 while working as an Ad Man created a television advertising campaign advertising Old Home Bread for the Metz Baking Company. The advertisements featured a truck driver named C. W. McCall. The popularity of the songs such as “Old Home Filler-Up an’ Keep on a-Truckin’ Café”, “Wolf Creek Pass” and “Black Bear Road” lead to the release of the first album Black Bear Road.
Most of the songs done by CW McCall were written by Bill Fries (CW McCall) and Chip Davis, who formed Mannheim Steamroller during the same time, but it wasn’t until the 80′s when his ‘New Age’ music took off. However a touch of it can be heard in a couple of the songs of CW McCall especially in the song Aurora Borealis.
Coming soon to CD:
CW McCall’s first album Wolf Creek Pass/em> will be released on CD. It’s scheduled for August 26, 2012 and can be pre-ordered from amazon.
Also on the new release is a good portion of the follow up albums Black Bear Road and Wilderness. There are a total of 26 songs, some of which have never been released on CD.