Riders In The Sky
Since 1977, RIDERS IN THE SKY have faithfully tended a musical tradition kindled by singing cowboy legends such as Gene Autry and the Sons Of The Pioneers. Throughout their collaborative career, Riders have branded the genre with their own mark, crafted from a well-balanced mix of both classic and original western songs, smooth harmony, hot licks and slapstick comedy. Over two decades, more than 4000 shows, 200 national TV appearances, 200 public radio shows, three television series and dozens of albums down the trail, a group that began with a commitment to carry on an American musical tradition has itself become a national treasure. Riders In The Sky bring their music to the world with 200 live performances a year. In addition, they’ve created and hosted Riders’ Radio Theater, a radio program that’s been broadcast by over 170 public and commercial stations since 1989.
The Riders’ riveting act centers around the expert musicianship of Ranger Doug, Woody Paul, Too Slim and Joey “The CowPolka King”. They combine refreshing acoustical music and a wide musical repertoire with outrageous comedy, delivering entertainment guaranteed to delight listeners, regardless of age or musical preference
Among many career milestones, Riders brought the singing cowboy back to the big screen in a new way as they provided music for Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 2 with their rendition of “Woody’s Roundup” in 1999. They then recorded a “companion album” for the movie: “Woody’s Roundup featuring Riders In The Sky.” The album, produced by Joey The CowPolka King, landed Riders In The Sky a Grammy Award for Best Children’s Album in 2001.