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Sons of the Pioneers brings Roy Rogers-style cowboy music to Red Deer

Classic Western swing tunes will be heard at Memorial Centre on June 14

The ultimate in cowboy music is coming to Red Deer next month with “Western music legends,” Sons of the Pioneers.

The group that paints harmonious pictures of horses, cattle, canyons and prairies performs on Friday, June 14 at the Memorial Centre.

Anybody familiar with the songs Ghost Riders in the Sky, Tumbling Tumbleweeds or Cool Water will know the kind of music that’s been popularized by this group for more than 80 years.

The Sons of the Pioneers were started in 1934 by Roy Rogers and songwriters Bob Nolan and Tim Spencer. The band garnered many awards and drew an audience of international fans through appearances in nearly 100 westerns films in the 1930s-’50s.

The timeless quality of the tunes Cool Water and Tumbleweeds were later recognized with inductions in the Grammy Hall of Fame. The former song can also be heard in the recent Coen Brothers movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and in Clint Eastwood’s The Mule.

One of the current six group members is “trail boss” Tommy Nallie, who joined in the 1980s. He enjoys bringing the trademark sound of mandolins, fiddles, upright bass and guitars to audiences across Western Canada.

“Every concert is packed… with solid western swing and a good measure of comedy and banter,” he said.

More information about the 7:30 p.m. show is available by calling 403-755-6626 or the Black Knight Ticket Centre.

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