Kornfield County, Represent!
Y’all come! Helmed by co-hosts (not to mention certified Country Music legends) Roy Clark and Buck Owens, Hee Haw Salute! serves up six episodes of–mid ‘seventies vintage–pickin’ an’ a-grinnin’ with nary a station break to pause for breath. Here’s what:
Episode 108–featuring musical guests Tanya Tucker (“Delta Dawn,” “What’s Your Mama’s Name”) and Buddy Alan (“Caribbean,” “White Lightnin'”). Original air date: 10/13/73
Episdoe 126–featuring musical guests David Houston (“Lady of the Night”), Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty (“Hey Loretta,” “You’ve Never Been This Far Before,” “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man”) and comedian Jerry Clower. Original air date: 3/2/74
Episode 151–featuring musical guests George Jones and Tammy Wynette (“The Grand Tour,” “Another Lonely Song,” “We Loved It Away”) and Mickey Gilley (“I Overlooked an Orchid”). Original air date: 2/8/75
Episdoe 153–featuring musical guests Kitty Wells (“It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” “Too Much Love Between Us”) and Freddy Weller (“I’ve Just Got to Know (How Loving You Would Be),” “Put Your Heart Into It”). Original air date: 2/22/75
Episode 162–featuring musical guests Freddy Fender (“Before the Next Teardrop Falls,” “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights”) and Melba Montgomery (“Searchin’ (For Someone like You),” “Don’t Let The Good Times Fool You”). Original air date: 10/25/75
Episdoe 169–featuring musical guests Johnny Cash (“I Walk The Line,” “All Around Cowboy”) and La Costa (“Get On My Love Train,” “This House Runs on Sunshine”) and comedian Jerry Clower. Original air date: 12/13/75
Let’s face it, if you’ve seen one Hee Haw episode, you’ve seen them all–structurally speaking, anyway. Grandpa Jones is gonna tell you what’s for supper. Them gossipy gals of the sewing circle ain’t never gonna finish stitching that same garment and Junior Samples’ used car lot will always continue to feature only the finest in steam-powered engines, etcetera, etc.
Yep, each joke and every sketch guarantees to elicit a groan, an eye-roll or a combination of the two. They’re also a heckuva lotta fun. Where else could one expect to run into George “Goober” Lindsey, after his Mayberry days? Where else could you catch Buck Owens performing a song called “Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer”? Where else could you witness a former Hooterville Honey (Gunilla Hutton of Petticoat Junction) get spanked by an old wooden fence? Well, I ask you!
Time Life presents these classic episodes in their original full-frame format, with Dolby Digital mono sound. While these creds might seem positively pre-historic to audiences used to hi-def technology, be advised that the contents of Hee Haw Salute! look doggone good, and though I couldn’t have cared less about it back in the day, I’ve gotta say that the musical talent involved here is nothing less than astonishing; a true revelation.
This here’s a no-frill package with no bonus features, but as I said earlier, there’s nary a commercial interruption.
Don’t tread on Hee Haw.