I was too young to think anyone on Hee Haw was "cool."
That's kinda the point. As a teenaged metalhead in the 70's, Hee Haw was the bane of my existence. I really, really hated that show (still do, for the most part). I used to try to latch on to Roy Clark, because at least he had "chops".Much, much later (late 80s), when I started listening to country music again (I was actually raised around a lot of country music), I became a Buck Owens fan. When I saw him on Hee Haw, I thought he was hopelessly square. I heard some Grandpa Jones clawhammer banjo tunes in the 90s, and was very surprised. That was the most "punk" sounding country/bluegrass I've ever heard (fast, raw, and trashy).But I know how you feel about Country music generally.
Actually, I just meant that I didn't think of anything as "cool" when Hee Haw was on TV (in syndication, no less). I was probably 5, so "cool" wasn't yet part of my vocabulary. Nonetheless, I do remember having the sense that the show was corny. I wouldn't say I am opposed to country music, generally. I don't have a lot of it in my collection. But there's stuff I like. Grandpa Jones is pretty cool although I hear the "real" bluegrass players think of him as pop.
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