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Whoever said hard country was dead hadn't heard Porter Hall, TN. Their songs evoke not even the '70s, but the rough-edged music of the '60s, including some of the best Parton-Wagoner duets. Molly Conley has a wonderfully strong voice — not someone you'd mess with — and she's also a consistently good writer, with both "Angel Without Wings" and "Halfway There (I'm Gone)" full of the hallmarks of classic country. Partner Gary Roadarmel is an equally good vocalist, although his best songs actually come from others, like "Screwed Blue" and "Golden Chain of Hate." As a band they might be quite ready to set the world on fire, yet too often the arrangements on songs are similar and not thought-out enough. But the rough edges are endearing and they're far from afraid of making real country music (which, sadly, some alt-country bands are). The elements are all in place — they just need to be refined with some more thought and experience, and this band could become a driving force in hard country.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Porter Hall Tennessee is the duo of Molly Conley (vocals, acoustic guitar) and Gary Roadarmel (vocals, electric guitar), who play classic-style honky tonk on their 2002 debut album, Welcome to Porter Hall Tennessee. Originally in a punk rock band, the pair began playing together acoustically in summer 2000. At first, they had a more bluegrass-influenced sound in mind, but shifted toward more traditional country, Conley and Roadarmel splitting both the lead vocals and the songwriting, as well as coming...
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Welcome to Porter Hall Tennessee, Porter Hall Tennessee
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Country, Music, Rock
  • Released: 20 March 2002

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