RCA Country Legends

RCA Country Legends

by Porter Wagoner


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RCA Country Legends

Porter Wagoner has recorded so sparingly since 1980 that a generation or two knows him best as the upbeat host of the Grand Ole Opry. So this release by RCA, where he logged nearly 30 years of steady hits, should open some ears to one of country's most distinctive voices. His first chart-buster, 1954's buoyant "Company's Comin'," kicks off the album on a joyous note, and there's no resisting the hoedown of "A Good Time Was Had by All" (highlighted by someone working out on wood blocks and Herschel "Speedy" Haworth's rockabilly-style guitar solo) or the fiddle-fired celebration of country folkways in "Howdy Neighbor Howdy." But Porter's expressive baritone is most effective on darker, blues-based material -- the soulful balladeering of his musical suicide note "Cold Dark Waters"; the languorous attitude he adopts on "Midnight" (a country blues co-written by Boudleaux Bryant and Chet Atkins that is a barely disguised rewrite of Ivory Joe Hunter's classic "Almost Lost My Mind"). This versatility is on ample display throughout the 16 landmark tracks here, including the heartfelt reading of 1965's "Green Green Grass of Home"; the cool account of betrayal, confrontation, and murder in 1967's "The Cold Hard Facts of Life,"; his casual unfolding of telling details in the 1968 mammoth hit, "The Carroll County Accident," in which a son uncovers evidence of an adulterous affair in his father's wrecked car; and his most experimental track, 1971's "The Rubber Room," with his voice heavily reverbed at points to highlight his character's mental disintegration in a cut that is a landmark in mainstream country history for its sheer weirdness and audacity. Solid from first cut to last, this entry in the Country Legends series honors a rich body of work and an artist too often underestimated in the history books.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/05/2002
Label: Rca
UPC: 0078636510224
catalogNumber: 65102

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Porter Wagoner   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Hank Garland   Guitar
Jerry Reed   Electric Guitar
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Paul Mitchell   Piano
George Rhodes   Guitar
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Buck Trent   Electric Guitar,Electric Banjo
Jan Howard   Background Vocals
Anita Kerr   Background Vocals
Jimmy Day   Guitar
Grady Martin   Electric Guitar
Bill Pursell   Piano
Rusty Kershaw   Guitar
Sandy Posey   Background Vocals
Joe Babcock   Background Vocals
Jimmy Capps   Electric Guitar
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Bobby Dyson   Bass
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Dolores Edgin   Background Vocals
Buddy Harman   Drums
Hoyt Hawkins   Background Vocals
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Bass
Millie Kirkham   Background Vocals
Neal Matthews   Background Vocals
Wayne Moss   Electric Guitar
June Page   Background Vocals
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Organ,Piano
Velma Smith   Guitar
Jerry Stembridge   Guitar
Gordon Stoker   Background Vocals
Pete Wade   Rhythm Guitar
Don Warden   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jerry Whitehurst   Piano
Cecil Brower   Violin
Winifred S. Breast   Background Vocals
Mary Greene   Background Vocals
Bob Moore   Bass
Hal Rugg   Steel Guitar
Horace "Benny" Williams   Background Vocals
Harold Morrison   Banjo
Ray C. Walker   Background Vocals
Jackie Phelps   Guitar
Robert White   Bass
Dottie Dillard   Background Vocals
Audie "Buster" Fellers   Fiddle
John W. Greubel   Drums
Benny Williams   Guitar
William Paul Ackerman   Drums
Mack Magaha   Fiddle
George W. McCormick   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Bill Mount   Wood Block
Samuel Hollingsworth   Bass

Technical Credits

Bill Anderson   Composer
Chet Atkins   Producer
Bob Ferguson   Producer
Don Owens   Composer
Curly Putman   Composer
Porter Wagoner   Producer
Rusty Young   Composer
Rich Kienzle   Liner Notes
Stephen H. Sholes   Producer
John Mullins   Composer
Si Siman   Producer

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