Feature for the 17th and 18th of AUG: Riders in the Sky

August 18, 2007 at 6:12 am (Uncategorized)

ritsfeat.jpgFamiliar with Riders in the Sky? No? I didn’t think I was either. But this western music group has not only won Grammy Awards for their contributions to Walt Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story 2,” and “Monster’s Inc.,” but they have performed with the likes of Garth Brooks, Roy Rogers and Reba McIntyre, as well as built themselves into one of the most unforgettable acts in U.S. history.The Riders in the Sky’s first appearance was November 11, 1977, at Herr Harry’s Phranks ‘n’ Steins in Nashville, where the group simply hoped to entertain the eight drunks in attendance.

However, with 29-plus years, more than 3,001,400 miles traveled and well over 5,000 performances under their collective “cowboy belt”, the Riders in the Sky have proven that the world still demands that “western cowboy” sound and style. For their latest project, Ranger Doug (Idol of American Youth), Woody Paul (King of the Cowboy Fiddlers), Too Slim (“a Righteous Tater”), and Joey (the CowPolka King), have re-releasing their 1996 album, “Public Cowboy #1: The Music of Gene Autry” (re-mastered and expanded with four bonus cuts).

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