Hay Y'all: An All-Star Salute to Hee Haw

When: Tue., March 4, 7:30 p.m. 2014

(sprays artisanal moonshine across keyboard) Hee Haw!?! Someone spoke the words aloud! For decades, the country-comedy jamboree that was the blockbuster of early-’70s syndication was the bane of Nashville boosters, faced with selling a progressive, business-friendly city 20 years after the fact to out-of-towners who still pictured a population of overalls-thumbin’ Junior Samples. But ya know something? Have you actually watched a Hee Haw rerun in recent years? Truth is, between master classes in comic timing from Archie Campbell and Grandpa Jones and musical numbers featuring the cream of ’70s country, it’s pretty damn entertaining. It could be that the story of Nashville over the past two decades is of a city finally growing secure enough not to listen every time some self-appointed coastal tastemaker tells us we should be ashamed of ourselves. Especially when that city houses nonprofits such as the Rochelle Center, which offers a wide range of recreational, residential and vocational services for the severely developmentally disabled. That’s the beneficiary of this all-star “Pop! Goes Rochelle” event assembled and hosted by country great Pam Tillis: a Hee Haw tribute featuring Lorrie Morgan, Elizabeth Cook, Craig Morgan, Jim Lauderdale, Joe Diffie, the Grascals, Mike Snider, the Warren Brothers and many more guests. By all means check it out — particularly if, y’know, you’re not one to go ’round spreadin’ rumors. Tickets $75-$125 at CountryMusicHallofFame.org/CMAtheater.

Jim Ridley

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