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Legends of the Grand Ole Opry: Porter Wagoner Sings His Hits
Willie Nelson, Marty Robbins and More To Follow
One of country music’s most revered musical and fashionable icons, Porter Wagoner will kick off Time Life’s new Legends of the Grand Ole Opry with the release of live performances taken from the show’s golden era. Legends of the Grand Ole Opry: Porter Wagoner Sings His Hits marks the first time these shows from 1963 through 1967 have been released. It is also the first live album from Porter Wagoner in over 40 years and the only one currently in print, coinciding with his fiftieth year as a Grand Ole Opry star. Later this year, Grand Ole Opry performances by Willie Nelson and Marty Robbins will be available for the first time ever as part of the new series, with additional releases following in 2008.
Known for his blonde pompadour and flashy Nudie suits, Porter Wagoner is a beloved fixture in country music, performing “hard” country songs and enjoying chart topping success with a style all his own. After decades of performing and recording albums, Wagoner still remains country to the core, actively recording and touring today. His most recent studio album, Wagonmaster (on Anti Records), has been hailed by critics and embraced by audiences beyond his country fan base, and helped land him the opening slot on The White Stripes tour this fall.
Legends of the Grand Ole Opry: Porter Wagoner Sings His Hits features 14 of Wagoner’s favorite songs from his early days at the Opry such as “Satisfied Mind” (which later became a rock standard after it was recorded by Gram Parsons and the Flying Burrito Brothers), “Come On In (And Make Yourself At Home),” “Green, Green Grass of Home” (later popularized by Tom Jones and Jerry Lee Lewis), and “I Thought I Heard You Call My Name.” The songs were drawn from the Opry’s vast and historic archives and were originally recorded live before a full house at Nashville’s famous Ryman’s auditorium.
The Grand Ole Opry has broadcast every week since November 1925, making it America’s longest-running radio show. Country music’s top performers have crossed its stage throughout its 80-plus years. The Grand Ole Opry has never opened its archives to a commercial record label prior to their partnership with Time Life.
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