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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
That Porter Wagoner released a new album during the year of his 80th birthday -- some 55 years after his first recording -- is an event worth celebrating in itself. That it is consistent with the best work of his career is remarkable. Wagoner has always played it straight -- his brand of mainstream country-tonk never was as fashionable as his spangled stage outfits, and he never pretended to be an outlaw -- and that's just what he continues to do here. Though his baritone is more weathered than during his prime, Wagoner sounds decades younger on Wagonmaster, and there remains a youthful exuberance to the music. The only obvious signs of his age surface during the spoken ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
That Porter Wagoner released a new album during the year of his 80th birthday -- some 55 years after his first recording -- is an event worth celebrating in itself. That it is consistent with the best work of his career is remarkable. Wagoner has always played it straight -- his brand of mainstream country-tonk never was as fashionable as his spangled stage outfits, and he never pretended to be an outlaw -- and that's just what he continues to do here. Though his baritone is more weathered than during his prime, Wagoner sounds decades younger on Wagonmaster, and there remains a youthful exuberance to the music. The only obvious signs of his age surface during the spoken word sections, such as the intros to "Albert Erving," a song of abject loneliness, and "Committed to Parkview," which Johnny Cash wrote for Wagoner but never recorded himself. Like many songs in Wagoner's canon, it's eerie, creepy, and more than a little bit sad, a vivid account of life inside a Nashville asylum, listening to the "guests," one of whom "thinks he's Hank Williams." One of the highlights of Wagonmaster, the song was presented to Wagoner -- himself a former "guest" at the facility, as had been Cash -- by Marty Stuart, who took a no-frills, purist's approach to his production of Wagonmaster (pedal steel rules!). There are songs of hard loss ("The Late Love of Mine," "Be a Little Quieter") and hard work, songs of faith (the back-to-back "Brother Harold Dee" and "Satan's River"), and songs of good times too -- all of them are classic Wagoner, one of the last of the true giants of Nashville's golden era.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • Label: Anti
  • UPC: 045778685929
  • Catalog Number: 86859
  • Sales rank: 122,740

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Porter Wagoner Primary Artist
Marty Stuart Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Buck Trent Banjo, Electric Banjo
Stuart Duncan Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle
Carl Jackson Background Vocals
Gordon Mote Piano
Fred Newell Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar
Harry Stinson Drums
Kenny Vaughan Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Archguitar
Eric Fritsch Piano, Hammond Organ
Brian Glenn Bass, Upright Bass
Joey Turner Overdubs
Mote Piano
Mike Johnson Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Marty Stuart Composer, Poetry, Producer, Audio Production
Jimmie Davis Composer
Dolly Parton Composer
Pearl Butler Composer
Shawn Camp Composer
Jim DeMain Mastering
Porter Wagoner Composer, Author
Hank Williams Composer
Byron Hill Composer
Joey Turner Engineer
Brice Long Composer
Scott Munn Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    new album, old master

    Great comeback album from a Nashville legend. Includes the Johnny Cash penned 'Committed to Parkview' (never before recorded by Porter).

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