Sunday Morning Coming Down

This morning, for your delectation, a tune from an album I stumbled across last year.

Here’s what Omnivore Recordings (who released the album today’s tune is from) had to say about it:

“When Buck Owens took over co-hosting duties on Hee Haw in 1969, he brought along singer Susan Raye who he had also featured on his earlier television program The Buck Owens Ranch Show. As Buck’s popularity reached a new audience, the hits kept coming including hits for other artists associated with Buck, and Susan Raye emerged as a viable county artist in her own right. With 3 Top hits of her own in 1971, she certainly had her fans, but in addition to her solo work, she also recorded multiple albums with Buck in the first half of the decade.

Together Again collects 22 tracks released between 1970–1975, the five years in which both Buck & Susan released a dozen solo albums each plus 5 duet albums together. To say they were both prolific is obviously an understatement! Deep cuts from Susan coupled with Buck & Susan hits like The Great White Horse, “Togetherness,” and “Love Is Strange” make for a unique and satisfying overview of the couples’ work together. Compiled and Produced for Release by Grammy-winner Cheryl Pawelski and mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Michael Graves, Together Again’s packaging features photos, ephemera, and new liner notes from Grammy-nominated writer Randy Poe (Buck Em! The Autobiography Of Buck Owens.) Together Again is more than a document of the last five years of Buck’s classic reign at Capitol Records, it’s also the story of the beginnings of another country music superstar—Susan Raye.”

And I would say two things:

  • Can you legitimately call someone a “country music superstar” when nobody has ever heard of them?
  • Grammy Grammy Grammy Grammy Grammy Grammy Grammy Grammy

Anyway, here’s a little something from the pairs’ Together Again album; it’s rather great even if it is a bit “samey”, by which I mean: if you spread this across a whole album, it does become pretty tiresome after a while.

I’ll leave y’all to have your say about this:

Buck Owens & Susan Rayer – Love’s Gonna Live Here

More soon.