Porter Wagoner, “Committed to Parkview”
While Amy Winehouse sings about not going to rehab, country legend Porter Wagoner does a sympathetic roll call inside the walls of the Parkview mental hospital. Recorded by the Highwaymen back in the mid-80’s, Wagoner’s take is now the definitive version. Sparsely produced and haggardly sung, Wagoner’s inside take on daily life among the committed is haunting because of his unaffected performance. It’s unlike anything else you’re likely to hear this century, and is essential listening.
Listen: Committed to Parkview