XM remembers Porter Wagoner
Monday, October 29, 2007
– Porter Wagoner will be remembered with special programming by XM Satellite Radio this week following his death Sunday at 80 from lung cancer.
The Wagoner episode of "Bill Anderson Visits with the Legends" will air all day Tuesday on XMX (XM 2).
A memorial show will air Tuesday on XM's classic country channel "America" (XM 10) at 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. eastern, featuring a retrospective of his songs, as well as interview and performance highlights from Wagoner's prolific career.
A special encore of Bob Edwards's conversation with Wagoner, originally broadcast in June, will air on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 a.m. eastern on "America" (XM 10). Fans will hear Wagoner discuss his life in country music as well as his final project, "Wagonmaster," which was produced by country artist and XM host Marty Stuart and earned Wagoner some of the best reviews of his 50-plus year career.
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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'... ...
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. ...
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 ...