Porter Wagoner

Country Feeling

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Country Feeling is a budget-label album of previously released material, half of which comes from the 1964 album The Bluegrass Story. Whether or not any of those five cuts are examples of bluegrass is open to debate; the prominent dobro and lack of banjo makes them sound more like Roy Acuff than Bill Monroe. "Little Log Cabin on the Hill" is the only one that rates fairly high on the bluegrass scale. "Waking Up the Crowd" is an energetic tune with a lot of whooping and electric guitar, and "The Legend of the Big Steeple" is a "Three Bells" type of story song later anthologized on Wagoner's RCA Country Legends disc. "Doll Face" is an interesting pop song that suggests what Wagoner might have sounded like if Mitch Miller had produced him. Country Feeling is a grab-bag album with two songs reprocessed for a fake stereo effect, so its value is limited.

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