Riders in the Sky - Best Of The West
  • Cowboy Jubilee
  • That's How the Yodel Was Born
  • (Ghost) Riders in the Sky
  • Don't Fence Me In
  • Ol' Cowpoke
  • Wasteland
  • Blue Bonnet Lady
  • Blue Montana Skies
  • After You've Gone
  • Here Comes the Santa Fe
  • Tumbling Tumbleweeds
  • La Cucaracha
  • Soon as the Roundup's Through
  • I Ride an Old Paint
  • Riding Alone
  • Hold That Critter Down
  • Ride with the Wind
  • Cowboy Song
  • Prairie Serenade
  • Nevada
  • Home on the Range
  • So Long Saddle Pals
  • Cowboy Jubilee
    Genre: Western Swing
    MP3 (01:44) [3.97 MB]
  • That's How the Yodel Was Born
    Genre: Western Swing
    MP3 (02:17) [5.23 MB]
  • (Ghost) Riders in the Sky
    Genre: Western Swing
    MP3 (03:16) [7.49 MB]
  • Don't Fence Me In
    Genre: Western Swing
    MP3 (02:36) [5.97 MB]
  • Ol' Cowpoke
    Genre: Western Swing
    MP3 (02:58) [6.78 MB]
  • Wasteland
    Genre: Western Swing
    MP3 (03:29) [7.96 MB]
  • Blue Bonnet Lady
    Genre: Western Swing
    MP3 (02:52) [6.55 MB]
  • Blue Montana Skies
    Genre: Western Swing
    MP3 (03:28) [7.93 MB]
  • After You've Gone
    Genre: Western Swing
    MP3 (02:43) [6.21 MB]
  • Here Comes the Santa Fe
    Genre: Western Swing
    MP3 (03:11) [7.28 MB]
  • Tumbling Tumbleweeds
    Genre: Western Swing
    MP3 (03:32) [8.08 MB]
  • La Cucaracha
    Genre: Western Swing
    MP3 (01:50) [4.2 MB]
  • Soon as the Roundup's Through
    Genre: Western Swing
    MP3 (03:53) [8.88 MB]
  • I Ride an Old Paint
    Genre: Western Swing
    MP3 (02:12) [5.02 MB]
  • Riding Alone
    Genre: Western Swing
    MP3 (03:02) [6.95 MB]
  • Hold That Critter Down
    Genre: Western Swing
    MP3 (02:05) [4.77 MB]
  • Ride with the Wind
    Genre: Western Swing
    MP3 (03:02) [6.93 MB]
  • Cowboy Song
    Genre: Western Swing
    MP3 (03:04) [7.03 MB]
  • Prairie Serenade
    Genre: Western Swing
    MP3 (02:45) [6.3 MB]
  • Nevada
    Genre: Western Swing
    MP3 (02:41) [6.14 MB]
  • Home on the Range
    Genre: Western Swing
    MP3 (04:09) [9.52 MB]
  • So Long Saddle Pals
    Genre: Western Swing
    MP3 (01:24) [3.19 MB]
Biography
For more information, please contact:
Ashley Moyer
Rounder Records
amoyer@rounder.com

Beginning each performance with their trademark greeting, "Mighty fine and a great big Western 'Howdy,' all you buckaroos and buckarettes," Riders in the Sky simultaneously paid tribute to and poked gentle fun at the classic cowboy songs of the 1930s and '40s, particularly the work of the Sons of the Pioneers, Roy Rogers, and Gene Autry. During the '80s and '90s, the group was notable for its ability to attract fans both firmly within the country tradition (the Riders are members of the Grand Ole Opry) and outside of it. Riders in the Sky are made up of lead singer Ranger Doug (born Douglas B. Green), Woody Paul (born Paul Chrisman) on fiddle and vocals, Too Slim (string bass and guitar), and since the mid-'90s, "Cowpolka King" Joey Miskulin on accordion.

Before forming the band, the Michigan-born Ranger Doug was a member of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys and was also a country music journalist, working at the Country Music Foundation Press as editor of The Journal of Country Music. Prior to joining the Riders, Woody Paul, a formidable swing fiddler, played with Loggins & Messina, and Too Slim was a member of Dickey Lee's band in addition to being a songwriter. The trio formed in the mid-'70s, playing a weekly gig at a Nashville nightclub that led to a slot on Tumbleweed Theater on cable television's Nashville Network (TNN).

Three on the TrailRiders in the Sky made their recording debut in 1979 on the Rounder label with Three on the Trail, which set the pattern for their mix of classic and newly composed sentimental western numbers, parodies (like "The Legend of Palindrome," in which a figure resembling television's Paladin is described exclusively in sentences that read the same backwards and forwards), crack swing instrumental work, and Sons of the Pioneers-style harmony singing. They released five albums on MCA in the 1980s, and in 1985 they appeared in Sweet Dreams, the film biography of Patsy Cline. The group returned briefly to MCA in 1987, releasing Riders Radio Theater a year later. The success of that album led to the program Riders Radio Theater on National Public Radio, where the group was already well known from performances on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion program.
Harmony Ranch In 1991 the Riders moved to CBS for the children's album Harmony Ranch, which led to a short-lived CBS-TV Saturday morning television show. Riders in the Sky moved to the roots-oriented independent Rounder in 1995 and over the next four years, they released six albums for the label, beginning with 1995's Always Drink Upstream from the Herd and ending with 1999's Christmas the Cowboy Way. In 1999, Riders in the Sky were featured in the Disney/Pixar animated blockbuster Toy Story 2 and this opened up one of their greatest periods of popularity, partially due to how it strengthened their presence in childrens' music. Woody's Roundup: A Rootin' Tootin' Collection of Woody's Favorite Songs, a tie-in to Toy Story 2, appeared in 2000; two years later, the similar Monsters, Inc. Scream Factory Favorites showed up. Meanwhile, the band bounced between indie labels and self-releases -- A Pair of Kings, released on Oh Boy in 2002, showcased the increasingly impressive instrumental talents of Miskulin and Paul; Acoustic Disc's 2003 set Silver Jubilee celebrated the band's 25th anniversary, an event also commemorated with the publication of Don Cusic's book, It's the Cowboy Way! The Amazing True Adventures of Riders in the Sky.
Riders in the Sky remained an unfailing, family-friendly concert draw: their shows featured such novelties as rope tricks in addition to music and humor. Recordings arrived steadily, but these were always on indies, such as the band's own Riders Radio Records, along with Cracker Barrel. Additionally, Ranger Doug hosted a show on SiriusXM Satellite Radio called "Ranger Doug's Classic Cowboy Corral," another sign of how enduring the cowboy ways of Riders in the Sky were.
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  • Members:
    Douglas B. Green, Paul Chrisman, Fred LaBour
  • Sounds Like:
    Country Children's Comedy/Spoken Holiday Stage & Screen
  • Influences:
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    05/22/17
  • Profile Last Updated:
    10/03/20 20:33:05

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