Bud the Spud


"Bud the Spud" is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Stompin' Tom Connors. The song is an account of a trucker who hauls potatoes from Prince Edward Island,[1] Connors' home province.[2]

"Bud the Spud"
Single by Stompin' Tom Connors
from the album Bud The Spud and Other Favourites
Songwriter(s)Stompin' Tom Connors
Stompin' Tom Connors singles chronology
"Bud the Spud"
"Big Joe Mufferaw"


"Bud the Spud" was released in 1969 on Connors' album Bud The Spud and Other Favourites.[3] It was written about his truck-driving friend, Bud Roberts.[4] Connors crisscrossed Canada, performing it along with his many other songs about Canada, at first in small venues.[2] In this way the song became known through word-of-mouth as well as through radio airplay on CBC Radio.[5]

The song was turned into an illustrated children's book in 1994 featuring Bud the truck driver, and his dog.[6][7] The song was made available digitally for the first time on Canada Day in 2008.[8]

Popular cultureEdit

In 2008, "Bud the Spud" was the first song played on the new Spud Radio station in Pemberton, Ontario.[9] In 2013, a group of New Democrat Members of Parliament performed the song in the Canadian Parliament Building on their way to Question Period.[10]

Chart performanceEdit

"Bud the Spud" peaked at number 26 on the RPM Country Tracks chart on February 28, 1970.[11]

Chart (1969–1970) Peak
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 26


  1. ^ Steenman-Marcusse, Conny (2002). The Rhetoric of Canadian Writing. Rodopi. pp. 278–279. ISBN 978-90-420-1290-5. Retrieved 2009-01-12.
  2. ^ a b "Canada's troubadour sang of everyday lives" Archived 2015-02-23 at the Wayback Machine. The Globe and Mail, SANDRA MARTIN, March 9, 2013
  3. ^ Lumley, Elizabeth (2001). Canadian Who's Who. University of Toronto Press. p. 269. ISBN 978-0-8020-4958-2. Retrieved 2009-01-13.
  4. ^ Harry Rudolfs (March 1, 2001). "Tunes of trucks, sung for Canucks". Truck News.
  5. ^ Nicks, Joan; Jeanette Sloniowski, eds. (2002). Slippery Pastimes: Reading the Popular in Canadian Culture. Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press. p. 247. ISBN 978-0-88920-388-4. Retrieved 2009-01-12.
  6. ^ Green, Richard. "Connors, Stompin' Tom". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica-Dominion. Archived from the original on 2010-02-19. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
  7. ^ Abel, Ann (2002). "Bud the Spud. (Picture Books).(Book Review)(Children's Review)(Brief Article)". Resource Links. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
  8. ^ "Stompin' Tom's 'Bud the Spud' to be made available digitally on Canada Day". Edmonton Sun. Canoe Inc. 2008-06-30. Archived from the original on 2009-01-13. Retrieved 2009-01-13.
  9. ^ "The man behind the airwaves". Pique News, July 25, 2008. Jesse Ferreras
  10. ^ "NDP sings Bud the Spud". CBC News, Mar 07, 2013.
  11. ^ "RPM Country Singles for February 28, 1970". RPM. Archived from the original on 22 October 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2011.

External linksEdit

  • "Bud the Spud" on YouTube
  • "NDP sings Bud the Spud". CBC News, Mar 07, 2013.