Porter Wagoner

Porter Wagoner Country

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Porter Wagoner's adherence to rural themes and hard country music in the Nashville sound era made him a hero for those who take their country straight. The notes accompanying Porter Wagoner Country theorize about what makes a Wagoner song (it comes "straight out of the country music tradition") before offering ten songs spanning Wagoner's career from the '50s through the late '60s. "I've Enjoyed as Much of This as I Can Stand" is the only hit, but the moody "Out of the Silence (Came a Song)" is an intriguingly dark number about being grateful for what you've got, and "I Haven't Seen Mary in Years" is similarly melancholic. Two early cuts, "I Guess I'm Crazy" and "Tricks of the Trade," are stylistically dissimilar -- particularly where Wagoner's singing is concerned -- and are unfortunately muffled from the reprocessed stereo effect. Porter Wagoner Country is a disposable item in Wagoner's catalog, but has several worthwhile cuts for those who don't already own the original albums from which they're drawn.

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