Wagoner is a true legend. He kicked out hard-hitting honky-tonk anthems in the 50s, pioneered music television with the long-running "Porter Wagoner Show", influenced everyone from Johnny Cash and Dwight Yoakam to the Byrds and Gram Parsons, recorded seminal concept albums in the 70s, populated with the lonely, addicted, mentally ill and captured the imagination of nascent punks like Alex Chilton. Last year, Maury Stuart - longtime Johnny Cash sideman and torchbearer of traditional country music - approached Wagoner with an unrecorded Cash song written for Porter called "Committed to Parkview". Porter and Marty built an album around the song, revisiting the classic feel of his chilling concept albums, interwoven with barroom honky-tonk. The result is a record of raw beauty.
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