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Buck Owens release chronicles Bakersfield legends' duets

Buck Owens & Susan Raye's 'Together Again' chronicles Bakersfield legends' duets, 1970-1975 out December 19 on Omnivore Recordings.
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — When Buck Owens took over co-hosting duties on the long-running country/comedy television series Hee Haw in 1969, he brought along singer Susan Raye, who he had also featured on his earlier TV program The Buck Owens Ranch Show. As Buck’s popularity reached a new audience, the hits kept coming, including hits for artists associated with Buck such as Raye, who emerged as a viable county artist in her own right. With three Top 40 country hits of her own in 1971, highlighted by “L.A. International Airport,” 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, due out on Omnivore Recordingson December 10, 2021 on CD and Digital, collects 22 tracks released from 1970 to ’75, a time when both artists released a dozen solo albums each plus five duet albums together. To say they were prolific is an understatement. This combination of deep cuts from Susan’s solo career coupled with Buck and Susan hits like “The Great White Horse,” “Togetherness,” and “Love Is Strange,” makes for a unique and satisfying overview of an important if overlooked repertoire of Bakersfield country.

Together Again was compiled and produced for release by Grammy®-Award winner Cheryl Pawelski and mastered by Grammy®-winning engineer Michael Graves. The 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.

Track list

1. Foolin' Around - Susan Raye
2. High As the Mountains - Buck Owens & Susan Raye
3. Nobody's Fool But Yours - Susan Raye
4. Love's Gonna Live Here - Susan Raye
5. Sweethearts in Heaven - Buck Owens & Susan Raye
6. My Heart Skips a Beat - Susan Raye
7. Together Again - Buck Owens & Susan Raye
8. I Don't Care (Just as Long as You Love Me) - Buck Owens & Susan Raye

9. Think of Me - Buck Owens & Susan Raye
10. Your Tender Loving Care - Buck Owens & Susan Raye
11. How Long Will My Baby Be Gone - Susan Raye
12. I've Got You on My Mind Again - Susan Raye
13. We’re Gonna Get Together - Buck Owens & Susan Raye
14. Togetherness - Buck Owens & Susan Raye
15. The Great White Horse - Buck Owens & Susan Raye
16. The Kansas City Song - Susan Raye

This album release will kick off Omnivore Recordings’ digital release program of Susan Raye’s albums, including those recorded with Buck Owens. Throughout 2022, the following titles will be made available digitally with more to follow:

One Night Stand (1970) – Susan Raye

The Great White Horse (1970) – Buck Owens & Susan Raye

We’re Gonna Get Together (1970) – Buck Owens & Susan Raye

Patty Patty Patter (1971) – Susan Raye

Willy Jones (1971) – Susan Raye

Wheel Of Fortune (1972) – Susan Raye

I’ve Got A Happy Heart (1972) – Susan Raye

My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own (1972) – Susan Raye

Hymns By Susan Raye (1973) – Susan Raye