SHEPHERD TRIBUTE PAGE:.
On a cross country US tour in 1997 with some good
friends, I met Nashville legend John Shepherd. His energy,
voice and not least his deepfelt respect for the truck drivers
made a deep impression on me.
We bought two cassette tapes from John, and we played them
over and over again during our trip. We started feeling a
bit like truck drivers ourselves.
On this page you can hear his truly amazing version of the
classic "Truckdriver's prayer" (originally by Red
Sovine) plus goodies like "auctioneer song" and
John still performs with his wife Lois at Robert's
Western World in Nashville, Tennessee.
Intro + Auctioneer
song - John live and solo in Ryman Territory - check out
his special abilities to make vocal rhythms while singing.
Martilla - John goes a bit
Mexican here, very stylish attempt fulfilled by a pair of
slightly-out-of-tune mariachi style trumpets. "Sing a
prayer for your honky-tonk man"
Wolfcreek Pass - A
good, straightforward country piece, describing the life on
"If you like John Shepherd's music, I strongly encourage
you to go and visit Robert's
Western World where John plays for tips. Support him!"
Found on the Web:
"This is a honky tonk. In fact my boss loves that term,
John Shepherd and his wife Lois have been playing in this
honky tonk for more than 33 years and although they don't
make much money, they're doing what they like to do and they
have each other.
"Well I have a fine woman and she treats me fine and
lets me exist on the money that I make here. And it's mostly
tips, but we've never gone hungry and we have a comfortable
little rented apartment."
from Decatur Daily with photo of John Shepherd.
Visit John & Lois Shepherd on Myspace