Monday, June 26, 2017

Porter Wagoner - Wagonmaster

This 2007 CD was released by Anti (a division of Epitaph) just a few months before Porter passed away, and it is a terrific legacy for this country legend. The songs, the playing and the presentation are all top-notch and all traditional country, without any modern pretenses or pop-country tenancies. We get a full variety of CandW sounds, from upbeat, swingin' country to bluegrass workouts to ballads and everything in between. The production is perfect, with some superb pedal steel and fiddle filling out the standard guitar/bass/drums line-up, and Porter's voice is strong and clear. This could easily pass for class country recordings - a good thing, for sure! Well worth it!