Monday, January 01, 2007
While channel surfing on New Years Eve I came across a Hee-Haw marathon on CMT. While I am not a fan of country music and I normally would have kept flipping I had to stop and watch.
When I was a kid growing up in Talladega, AL Hee-Haw was a primetime mainstay at our house. We watched it almost religiously. I was too young to fully appreciate the genius of that show as a kid but over the years I have had occassion to think of it and wonder if it still came on and marvel at how good it really was.
I remember when I first met my Canadian friend Marc Emery and he told me that when he thought of Alabama he thought of it being like "Petticoat Junction". I remember laughing and asking him if he had ever watched Hee Haw and he said no. I told him that he should because it gave a much more accurate representation of what Alabama is like. Unfortunately, Canada does not carry Hee Haw. I pity the citizens who will never get to see it. They have not lived.
Last night was absolutely fabulous. I got to see the crazy old housewife with rollers in her hair tell her husband (who is always drunk) that she felt like having some animal passions since it was New Years Eve...to which he responded "Why me too...so let's split up and I'll see you in the morning." Later on the old drunk husband and Junior Samples were laying around with the old hound dog and Junior says, "You was about half drunk when I first saw you this mornin'....now why's that?"
Old drunk man says, "I musta run outta money."
I also got to see Loretta Lynn in her much younger days sing "Hey Loretta, I love you more than my Irish Setter, I'll buy you a new pair of over-hauls if you'll only come back home." I was also treated to Bill Monroe and his bluegrass band singing a gospel song. I don't care for gospel music but if Bill Monroe and the bluegrass band are playing then I am listening. I love bluegrass.
I also got to see Jerry Clower talk about Marcel Ledbetter who I had not thought of in years. Man Jerry Clower is a funny guy.
So, I know some folks will think me odd because I like Hee Haw....but I don't give a damn! Are there any other Cornfield County fans in my reading audience?