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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music - Tom Jel­lett

FEW peo­ple can lay claim to hav­ing a song writ­ten about them by Dolly Par­ton, let alone a song sub­se­quently mur­dered by Whit­ney Hous­ton and fea­tured in a Kevin Cost­ner film. The 79- year- old pom­padoured trou­ba­dour Porter Wagoner can con­fi­dently claim this du­bi­ous dis­tinc­tion. A reg­u­lar fix­ture on The Porter Wagoner Show, Par­ton went on to write I Will Al­ways Love You af­ter the em­bit­tered break- up with the host and duet part­ner, fa­mous for his ver­tigo- in­duc­ing quiff and laven­der Nudie suits. With a holler from pro­ducer Marty Stu­art that her­alds the latest re­lease from Wagoner, Wag­on­mas­ter sets the tone from the out­set for a trip through a few oldies and favourites. Those ex­pect­ing cov­ers of Depeche Mode or Neil Di­a­mond songs on this come­back album may be a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed. There are no cute tricks here, just straight up coun­try and west­ern — the way it used to be be­fore the big hats rolled in. The har­row­ing Johnny Cash- penned Com­mit­ted to Parkview stands out as a high­light, though there is much to en­joy here. With its spo­ken in­tros and out­ros it has the feel of an old- time Nashville ra­dio or television show.

Wag­on­mas­ter Porter Wagoner ANTI/ Shock

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