Riders in the Sky (band)

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Riders in the Sky
Riders in the Sky in Ponca City.jpg
Riders in the Sky appearing at the Ponca Theatre in Ponca City, Oklahoma on September 29, 2007 at a concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Gene Autry. From left to right are Joey the Cow Polka King, Woody Paul, Ranger Doug and Too Slim.
Background information
OriginNashville, TN
GenresWestern swing
Children's music
Years active1977–present
LabelsRounder, MCA, CBS, Epic, Disney, Rykodisc
Websitewww.ridersinthesky.com
MembersDouglas B. Green
Paul Chrisman
Fred LaBour
Joey Miskulin
 
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Riders in the Sky
Riders in the Sky in Ponca City.jpg
Riders in the Sky appearing at the Ponca Theatre in Ponca City, Oklahoma on September 29, 2007 at a concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Gene Autry. From left to right are Joey the Cow Polka King, Woody Paul, Ranger Doug and Too Slim.
Background information
OriginNashville, TN
GenresWestern swing
Children's music
Years active1977–present
LabelsRounder, MCA, CBS, Epic, Disney, Rykodisc
Websitewww.ridersinthesky.com
MembersDouglas B. Green
Paul Chrisman
Fred LaBour
Joey Miskulin

Riders in the Sky is an American Western music and comedy group which began performing in 1977.[1] Their style also appeals to children, and they are sometimes considered a children's band. They have won two Grammy Awards and have written and performed music for major motion pictures, including "Woody's Roundup" from Toy Story 2 and Pixar's short film, For the Birds.

Riders Radio Theater is the Riders in the Sky's radio show. It originated in Nashville, with WPLN-FM as the presenting station, but later moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, and can now be heard on WMKV.

History[edit]

For much of their career, the group was a trio: lead singer/guitarist Ranger Doug (Douglas B. Green), singer/fiddler Woody Paul (Paul Chrisman), and singer/bassist Too Slim (Fred LaBour). In the 1990s, the group re-added Joey the Cowpolka King Joey Miskulin on accordion, who had been with the group for a brief period in the 1980s. They usually introduce themselves as "Ranger Doug, the Idol of American Youth", "Woody Paul, the King of the Cowboy Fiddlers", "Too Slim, the Man of a Thousand Hats" and "Joey, the Cowpolka King".

In their first 30-plus years, Riders in the Sky have performed in over 6200 live performances, almost 300 national television appearances, over 200 public radio shows, 700 Grand Ole Opry appearances, three television series (including a 1991–92 CBS Saturday morning show), an appearance on an episode of "Duck Dodgers" on Cartoon Network and more than 30 albums. The group also wrote and appeared in numerous Christmas specials on TNN and CMT in the 1990s. They are based in Nashville, Tennessee.

Riders in the Sky perform authentic renditions of old classic cowboy and Western songs, as well as original works and various comedic skits and songs. Their sketches often include allusions to something being done in a dishonest or lazy manner; with Ranger Doug typically responding to this observation by saying "You fellers know that that would be the easy way. But it wouldn't be the cowboy way!"

Riders in the Sky performed with America's Got Talent finalist Taylor Ware at the Grand Ole Opry when she was nine years old. They also appeared in an episode of Barney & Friends.

The Riders currently appear as musical spokesmen in a series of Yella Wood commercials. These popular ads spoof the 1930s era Western singing cowboy serials.

Awards[edit]

Ranger Doug (Douglas B. Green) performs at the Poncan Theatre in Ponca City, Oklahoma on November 7, 2008
Woody Paul (Paul Woodrow Chrisman)
Too Slim (Fred LaBour)
Joey the Cowpolka King (Joey Miskulin)

Riders in the Sky were named Western Music Group of the Year during the Academy of Western Artists 2006 Will Rogers Awards.

Discography[edit]

TitleTypeRelease dateLabel
Three on the Trailstudio1979Rounder Records
Cowboy Jubileestudio1981Rounder Records
Prairie Serenadestudio1982Rounder Records
Weeds & Waterstudio1983Rounder Records
Riders in the Sky, Livelive1984Rounder Records
New Trailsstudio1986Rounder Records
Saddle Palsstudio1987Rounder Records
Best of the West (album)best of1987Rounder Records
Best of the West Rides Againbest ofOctober 25, 1990Rounder Records
The Cowboy Way (album)live1987MCA
Riders Radio Theater (album)studioJune 27, 1988MCA
Riders go CommercialstudioJune 19, 1989MCA
Horse Operastudio1990MCA
Harmony Ranchstudio1991CBS
Merry Christmas from Harmony Ranchstudio1992CBS
Saturday Morning with Ridersbestof1992MCA
Cowboys in Lovestudio1994Epic Records
Always Drink Upstream from the HerdstudioOctober 31, 1995Rounder Records
Cowboy Songsbest of20 August 1996Rounder Records
Public Cowboy#1: The Music of Gene AutrytributeOctober 20, 1996Rounder Records
Yodel the Cowboy Waybest of1998Rounder Records
Great Big Western Howdy!studioJuly 14, 1998Rounder Records
Christmas the Cowboy WaystudioOctober 5, 1999Rounder Records
Woody's Roundup: A Rootin' Tootin' Collection of Woody's Favorite SongsstudioAugust 29, 2000Disney
A Pair of KingsstudioFebruary 19, 2002Oh Boy Records
Ridin' the Tweetsie Railroadstudio2002Self Released
Monsters, Inc. Scream Factory FavoritesstudioAugust 27, 2002Disney
Riders in the Sky Silver Jubileestudio2003Acoustic Disc
Riders in the Sky Present: Davy Crockett, King of the Wild FrontierstudioAugust 3, 2004Rounder Records
Riders in the Sky Live from the Golden Age of Riders Radio Theaterstudio2006Riders Radio Records
Riders in the Sky "Lassoed Live" at the Schermerhorn with the Nashville Symphonylive2009Nashville Symphony
The Land Beyond The Sunstudio2011Riders Radio Records
America’s Favorite Cowboy Songsstudio2012Cracker Barrel
Home On The Rangestudio2013Riders Radio Records

Books[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ show 189 of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour The answer to when they first began performing is given as November 11, 1977 19 minutes into the video which includes conversation and performance; taped 01-07-2002. Audio can also be had at this archive page

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