Sons of the Pioneers 85th Anniversary Tour
Time: 7:30 pm
Old Rivers Western Productions
All Seats: $52.50 (Early Bird Special)
All Seats: $58.50 (as of 9:30 am on June 6, 2019)
2019 Sons of the Pioneers:
The Sons of the Pioneers are synonymous with the ultimate in Cowboy music. For decades the premier western singing group has musically painted unforgettable images and stories of horses, cattle, cowboys, “night herds”, tall timber, cool water, canyons and prairies. Their original songs like “Tumbling Tumbleweeds”, “Cool Water” and “Ghost Riders in the Sky” are classics forever entwined into the lore and mystique of the American West. Both “Tumbleweeds” and “Cool Water” have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
First started by Roy Rogers and the gifted songwriters Bob Nolan and Tim Spencer, the group garnered national and international fans through appearances in almost 100 western films during the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s. Numerous albums were recorded under contracts with Decca, Columbia, RCA and others. The group provided songs for several John Ford westerns including the soundtrack for “The Searchers” starring John Wayne. When television came along they regularly appeared on the Roy Rogers Show and had guest appearances on such programs as the Barbara Mandrell Show. Walt Disney called upon the Pioneers to supply the soundtrack for the film “Pecos Bill”. They were the first cowboy musical group to perform at Carnegie Hall and the first to headline in Las Vegas casinos. Roy Rogers Jr. ( Dusty ) said, “I am pleased to finally be a member of the band that my Dad founded in 1934. What an honor and pleasure it is for me to be able to join this talented group in order to continue the legacy.”
The current group’s configuration is part of a continuous and uninterrupted 85 year existence in which they have accumulated more coveted honors and awards than any band in Western music. The group has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Western Music Association Hall of Fame and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, among others. The Smithsonian Institute named them as “National Treasures”.
The Pioneers are known around the world for their unique three and four part harmonies. According to their “trail boss”, Tommy Nallie who joined the group in the 1980's, “We are honored to be returning to Canada. We were parade marshalls for the Calgary Stampede in the 1990's.” Nallie said, “Every concert is pure Cowboy music packed with our timeless hits, solid western swing and a good measure of comedy and banter. Each of the six members share the vocals and instrumentals.” Part of the hallmark sound comes from acoustic fiddles, mandolin, upright bass, and lead and rhythm guitars.
- Cliffe Stone Pioneer Award by Academy of Country Music, Los Angeles, CA
- Inducted into Western Performers Hall of Fame by National Cowboy Museum & Heritage Center Oklahoma City, OK
- Awarded Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame Hollywood, CA
- Designated “National Treasure” by Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.
- Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame by Country Music Association, Nashville, TN
- “Cool Water” performed by Sons of the Pioneers Inducted into Grammy Hall of Fame by National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
- Inducted into Western Music Association Hall of Fame Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Wrangler Award by National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Oklahoma City, OK
- “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” performed by Sons of the Pioneers Inducted into Grammy Hall of Fame by National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Los Angeles, CA
- Golden Boot Award by Motion Picture and Television Fund, Los Angeles, CA
- Named “Best of the West” - Best Western Music Group by True West Magazine
- Named to the All-time Top 50 Country and Western Musical Entertainers by American Cowboy Magazine
Western Music Association Website:
A "Living Legend in their own time," the Sons of the Pioneers have become an American institution. Their unique harmonies and style have become a standard by which all others are measured. The Sons of the Pioneers are known the world over for their own special arrangements of the western song classics. [The Sons of the Pioneers were inducted into the Western Music Hall of Fame at the very first WMA Hall of Fame inductions in 1989.]
American Cowboy Magazine
“The legends of western music.”
GRAND OL OPRY [Website]
“The Sons of the Pioneers are American icons known around the world for their trademark harmonies and haunting lyrics that tell the story of the American West.”
Amy Flamminio - Lied Center Examiner
“One of the best things to come to Lincoln this year.”
Jim Mack - Flickenger Center for the Performing Arts
"Everybody loved the Show. It was a big success. They always do a great job for us. Everyone in town was talking about the show the next morning."
“We’ve had nothing but wonderful comments about the Pioneers show. They did a fantastic job...we sold well over 700 seats.”
“What a night. Standing ovations. Everyone went home with a smile and a fond memory. Thanks Pioneers.”
JW Johnson - Owner of Prairie Rose Chuckwagon, Benton, KS.
“What an honor to have the Sons on our stage at the Prairie Rose. It was the best of the best!”
Mitchell Area Concert Association - Corn Palace, Mitchell , SD.
“Incredible harmony and accomplished musicians...would highly recommend to other communities”
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