HEE HAW RELEASES NEW DELUXE DVD BOX
A SALUTE TO HEE HAW – THE COLLECTOR’S EDITION
Collection Offers More Than 40 Musical Performances By
Hank Williams, Jr., Loretta Lynn,
Waylon Jennings, Tanya Tucker, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, Ray Charles
And Many More!
One of the most beloved series on American television
will be commemorated in a five-DVD box set this fall as A Salute To HEE
HAW – The Collector’s Edition hits stores on September 12th
(via Time Life in association with Gaylord Entertainment). The collection,
released just in time for the start of the holiday shopping season, is
dominated by a who’s who of country music from the 1960s and ‘70s.
Over 40 performances by such icons as co-hosts Buck Owens and Roy Clark,
Hank Williams, Jr., Loretta Lynn, Tanya Tucker, Waylon Jennings, Merle
Haggard, Conway Twitty and even Ray Charles and Jerry Lee Lewis remind
viewers what an important role HEE HAW played in bringing country music
into millions of homes. Also exclusive to the set is brand new interview
footage shot specifically for Time Life and peppered with behind-the-scenes
anecdotes and wistful memories of Buck Owens, who died earlier this year.
Time Life has previously released single DVDs from the series which have
gone on to sell over a million copies, but A Salute To HEE HAW is the
first box set to ever be assembled and is filled with episodes that have
never been available via retail outlets before.
Comprised of eight different episodes, A Salute to HEE HAW —The
Collector’s Edition contains a total of eight hours of programming.
The five DVD package also includes a once-in-a-lifetime reunion of original
cast members, videotaped in Nashville earlier this year specifically for
the collection. “We just couldn’t pass up the opportunity
to reunite members of the HEE HAW cast once more to share their experiences
and reminisce about one of the most adored shows in the history of television,”
said Jeffrey Peisch head of Time Life’s Video Division. Roy Clark,
Roni Stoneman, Jim & John Hager, Lulu Roman, George Yanok and George
“Goober” Lindsey speak candidly and emotionally about the
time they spent together on the series. They reflect on the camaraderie
and speak lovingly about fellow departed cast members including Grandpa
Jones, Minnie Pearl and Buck Owens. And they answer one of the lingering
questions about HEE HAW: No, Junior Samples wasn’t acting. A Salute
to HEE HAW—The Collector’s Edition is packaged in a unique
collector’s box featuring many exclusive photos, along with “high
school yearbook-style” notes handwritten by HEE HAW cast members.
Among other highlights, Dottie West performs “Silver Threads and
Golden Needles”; Hank Williams, Jr. with “I’d Rather
Be Gone”; Tanya Tucker singing her smash crossover hit “Delta
Dawn,” and Conway Twitty crooning “I Love You More Today.”
One of the most special moments captured in the set is the historic appearance
by Ray Charles on HEE HAW. A long-time fan of country music, Ray Charles
relished his appearance on the program. He not only sang a soulful version
of “Crying Time” (as a duet with Buck Owens), but also insisted
on performing in the comedy segments. It’s priceless material for
fans of Ray Charles, country music lovers and for devotees of classic
HEE HAW was unlike anything else on television and created a timeless
formula focused on rural, old-fashioned settings and Southern wit. But
the undeniable highlight of HEE HAW was the musical performances that
filled each episode, not only by co-hosts Buck Owens and Roy Clark, but
an impressive list of country music superstars and singers on the rise.
The new box set reflects the incredible legacy of country music that HEE
HAW supported throughout its run, with an extraordinary list of musical
guests whose performances ranged from classic to contemporary country
and from gospel to bluegrass.
HEE HAW, which ran from 1969-1992, began as a summer replacement on
CBS and continued for over 20 years. The show’s overwhelming popularity
and its catch phrase “Hee, Haw” earned it a place in the pantheon
of American culture which endures to this day. And just this summer, the
series returned to television on country music cable network, CMT.