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Porter Wagoner fishing tourney set

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 – The Porter Wagoner Memorial Artists & Anglers Fishing Tournament is set for Tuesday, June 9. Country music artists and celebrities will again be paired up with the top male and female professional bass anglers for a day of fishing on Nashville's J. Percy Priest Lake. The weigh-in will take place at 3 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops Opry Mills, with a special concert by young bluegrass sensations "Green on the Vyne" and other special guests at 2 p.m. The weigh-in and concert are free and open to the public.

Emerson Drive's Brad Mates and Phoenix Boats founder Gary Clouse will pair up again this year in an attempt to unseat band mate Dale Wallace, who won last year with 21.8 lbs. of bass. The Mates/Clouse boat was only .20 lbs. ahead of second place finishers Bryan White and Ron Colby who will be returning this year, as will Bobby Bare, Mel Tillis, Jeff Cook, Jon Randall and Trent Wilmon. Newcomers to this year's event include Little Jimmy Dickens, Eric Church, Dean Brody, Sammy Kershaw, Mica Roberts, Daryl Singletary, "Biggest Loser" winner Dan Evans and ESPN's popular commentator Marty Smith.

Top-finishing females last year were country star Rebecca Lynn Howard and pro Emily Shaffer at 12.7 pounds, and pro Lisa Craig won the "Big Bass" award with a 5.15 pounder.

Porter loved to bass fish, and it was in his honor that we put this tournament together last year," said Gary Shiebler, who along with Julie Schuster and Craig Campbell, is organizing the tournament. "It's a great way to remember one of country music's greatest legends."


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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'... ...
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. ...
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 ...


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