I'm less a country music fan than I am a fan of songs that tell stories. And one of the pioners of modern story-tellin' songs was Porter Wagoner, who died over the weekend. His syndicated TV show--with which he was also a pioneer, ahead of Hee Haw and Country Music Television--was on one of the few TV channels I received as a kid, so I became a fan.
Dolly Parton, who got her big break in the '60s as a regular of his show, penned I Will Always Love You for him when she left the show. It'll be sung a lot this week.