Not unlike the John D. Loudermilk collection I mentioned earlier in the month, I have spent the past couple of weeks taking in the massive 29 track Porter Wagoner compilation Rubber Room: The Haunting Poetic Songs of Porter Wagoner 1966-1977. This collection, in a nutshell, collects the ‘deep album cuts’ and more bizarre aspects of Wagoner’s career; i.e. you won’t find much of the rhinestone studded Grand ‘ole Opry Wagoner ditties here.
In their stead are songs that seem as if they were designed only to exist in some Lynchian molded celluloid world (see: mulholland drive). I suppose this is partially due to how absolutely outdated, and even more so, non-existent, this style of music is today. Music that is played, and appears, so straight on the surface, but pay attention and you realize most of the lyrics deal with matricide; while the rest focusing on jealousy, homicide, infidelity, suicide and general insanity. Fascinating stuff…yet, fucking crazy.
Previously: If you didn’t grab the John D. Loudermilk tune “Goin’ To Hell In A Sled” click this link to check it out.
MP3: Porter Wagoner :: Julie
MP3: Porter Wagoner :: The Rubber Room
Amazon: Rubber Room: The Haunting Poetic Songs of Porter Wagoner 1966-1977