Wagonmaster

Wagonmaster

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by Porter Wagoner
     
 

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,… See more details below

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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:
06/05/2007
Label:
Anti
UPC:
0045778685929
catalogNumber:
86859
Rank:
301625

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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
Harry Stinson   Drums
Kenny Vaughan   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Archguitar
Eric Fritsch   Piano,Hammond Organ
Brian Glenn   Bass,Upright Bass
Joey Turner   Overdubs
Mote   Piano
Mike Johnson   Pedal 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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