Hee Haw

You could say Hee Haw helped country music and you could say it hurt country music and you’d be right in saying both. On one hand, Hee Haw perpetuated horrific stereotypes of “stupid hillbillies,” while associating the music with them. On the other hand, it offered a rare venue for country music on television. Whatever their reasons for watching, Hee Haw was one of the most popular shows in TV history.

Hear more about it in these episodes of the podcast.

CR011 Don Rich & Buck Owens, Part 2: Together Again

CR011 Don Rich & Buck Owens, Part 2: Together Again

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Words often fail to express the connection that can exist between two people. In the friendship of Don Rich and Buck Owens, our notions of reality itself may prove inadequate.

In another life, Don Rich may have been a star in his own right. In this life, he shared Buck Owens’ spotlight. Last week, we heard how they got there. This week, with spacetime as our stage, we trip backwards for more tour shenanigans, supernatural mysteries and, as always, great music. Our narrative pays special attention to The Carnegie Hall Concert album, what Hee Haw did for country music on television and innovations that Don Rich and Buck Owens brought to country music.

But don’t forget what else we learned last week. There is never such a thing as a happy ending. It’s going to hurt watching this one fall apart and we have to go there, too.

This episode is especially recommended for fans of metaphysics, banjo, Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard, Tales from the Tour Bus, Easy Rider and Forensic Files.

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