Musical Indulgence #11


Committed to Parkview
(Porter Wagoner; 2007)

Second only to Kinky Friedman's 'Sold American' in its limning of Country music dissipation and madness, 'Committed to Parkview' was written and recorded by Johnny Cash for his 1976 Columbia LP One Piece at a Time. And no better song could have been chosen to represent what turned out to be Porter Wagoner's welcome, but cruelly brief, career revival.

3 comments:

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Great tune, and it's always fabulous to see Porter--if I'm not mistaken, Cash re-did this song on the Highwayman album with Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson (which has one of the best covers of Jerry Jeff Walker's Desperadoes Waiting For a Train).

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

...one of the best covers of Jerry Jeff Walker's Desperadoes Waiting For a Train

Which, when I sat down for a sandwich, was written by Guy Clark--not Walker, although his is the best-known recording.

It's hell getting old sometimes.

swac said...

I've been lucky enough to hear both Clark and Kristofferson do Desperadoes in concert. Great song.

I also had a 45 of Wagoner doing The Rubber Room since I was a kid. Between that and his syndicated show, I've found him fascinating for more years than I care to count.