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Porter Wagoner goes with Anti-

Wednesday, December 6, 2006 – Porter Wagoner signed a record deal with Anti- Records in celebration of his 50th year with The Grand Ole Opry in 2007. "Wagonmaster" will be produced by Marty Stuart and is the first in a series of events celebrating Porter's anniversary. The disc will be out in May 2007.

Porter will join a label roster that features Tom Waits, Bettye Lavette, and Neko Case.

"Porter Wagoner's music is timeless and truly a piece of America's musical tapestry," said Stuart. "He is a poet and one of the last Artists standing from Country Music's golden era."

Wagoner, known for singing with Dolly Parton and his own singing career, has recorded several gospel albums in recent years.

Anti- president Andy Kaulkin said, "Porter is one of those special artists that have always defied boundaries and categories. His music touches on every conceivable human emotion and this new work with Marty is particularly powerful and poignant."

The songs on "Wagonmaster" are mostly from Wagoner's pen, but "Commited to Parkview" was written by Johnny Cash.

Stuart recalls the songs' origin, "I was a member of Johnny Cash's band in the early 1980's. While on tour in Europe, Cash and I became very intrigued with some of Porter's concept records, such as "The Rubber Room", "The Soul of a Convict", and "Confessions of a Broken Man". John said ‘I've got a song for Porter; it's about a stay in Parkview, which is an asylum at the edge of Nashville. Porter and I both have been guests there.' Cash gave me a cassette of the song in 1981 and asked me to get it to Porter. I never got around to it until we started collecting songs for this project. I searched my warehouse and found the envelope with ‘Committed to Parkview' on it, with a note from John to Porter. Twenty-five years after I was supposed to and three years after his death, I did what I told John I would do. I delivered the song, and Porter loved it".

Wagoner joined the Opry Feb. 23, 1957 and continues to perform there.

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Wagonmaster CD review - Wagonmaster
Porter Wagoner's latest is a terrific album. It's a collection that fits seamlessly into Wagoner's long and impressive body of musical work, while at the same time representing an artistic stretch on behalf of the artist and his reverential producer, Marty Stuart. The album is bookended with "Wagonmaster 1 & 2," a quick fiddle ditty with producer Stuart introducing the artist, "Wagonmaster's comin..." and Wagonmaster's leavin'... »»»
18 Grand Old Gospel 2005 CD review - 18 Grand Old Gospel 2005
This is Porter Wagoner's second gospel collection in two years, perhaps a clear indication that he has found a comfortable home in the genre. Wagoner contributes four of his own compositions to this set, including two recitations, "I Found A Man" and "The Bird That Never Flew." The other 14 offerings are a mix of standards such as "Leaning On The Everlasting Arms" and "In The Sweet Bye and Bye" and newer material with an old time feel. His current singing partner, Pam Gold, joins him on "Ye Of Little Faith. »»»
Unplugged
Porter Wagoner's second Shell Point album finds him in fine voice, with supple support from his regular band, The Wagonmasters, and a finely picked collection of tunes. The album title is one to take with a grain of salt, as Wagoner's never been hugely "plugged" in the first place. Still, the electric guitars give way to steel, dobro and acoustic picking, and the drums keep to a polite level. The result would sound as natural in 1962 as it does here in 2002. The near-acoustic backing provides »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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