Riders in the Sky
What began as a celebration of classic Western Music and an evening of hilarity has become a career, and that career has become a legend, one which, 40 years on, shows no signs of stopping or even slowing down much. Award-winning harmonies, wacky Western wit, and high-yodeling adventures that is the best in Western music since 1977.
Forty years ago, Ranger Doug, Too Slim, and the late Windy Bill Collins played that first date on the bitter cold evening of November 11th, 1977 at Herr Harry’s Frank N’ Stein Rathskeller in Nashville, and small listening room dates followed. By August of the following year demand was building, and while Windy Bill left, Woody Paul joined, and the true professional beginnings of the band began at the Kentucky State Fair, where the trio played 10 days for $2500 - and bought their own rooms and meals out of that! No laptops, no cellular phones, no Google, no downloads, no Skype, no Tweets, no Apple, no Microsoft, no texting, no electric cars, no Uber. A different world. But they were three young men with drive and wit who wanted to keep a special music alive. They believed in preserving the heritage of Western music and presenting it to a new generation. They believed in entertaining, and they did so… entertaining themselves as well as the audience! What they did not realize at the time was that they would be doing the same thing 40 years later. More recordings, endless show dates, and television appearances followed for a decade before the fine folks at Pixar called and asked the quartet – by this time they had been joined by Joey the Cowpolka King – to sing a tune called “Woody’s Roundup” in the movie “Toy Story 2.” Thus, the third wave began, highlighted by a number of projects for Disney, including two albums, both of which won GRAMMY Awards.
Tier 1 Standard price: $55.00
Tier 2 Standard price: $50.00
Tier 3 Standard price: $45.00