Image via WikipediaWhen I was in high school back in the 1960s, I didn't have much of a social life. I can recall on Saturday afternoons how I'd turn on the TV and watch country music shows like Bonnie Lou and Buster, the Stoneman Family, and Porter Wagoner. During that period, Porter Wagoner featured on his show a young singer with big blonde hair. This singer was Dolly Parton and for many years she was a regular on Wagoner's show and on his tours.
Back then I swore I didn't like country music, yet something about these shows fascinated me. The music and the artists started to become dear to me as I began to appreciate their music. As country-rock became popular so did some of these roots artists become popular with the rock crowd. That's when I became a country music fan. After all, a lot of country music is really just rock and roll with fiddles and steel guitars and sung with twangy country drawls.
Porter Wagoner's 1965 hit "Green, Green Grass of Home" is one of the best dream songs ever. Many readers will most likely be more familiar with the version sung by Tom Jones, but Porter sang it first.