Multi award-winning Riders in the Sky will perform at the High
Point Theatre on Sunday afternoon, October 4, at 3:00 pm
"High Point, North Carolina – For more than thirty years, Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. And while remaining true to the integrity of true Western-style music, they have themselves become modern-day icons by revitalizing and branding the genre with their own wacky humor and outlandish Western wit. Making a special appearance at the High Point Theatre as part of the venue’s 40th Anniversary season for 2015-2016, Riders in the Sky will bring their unique blend of music and comedy to the Triad for one show only on Sunday, October 4, at 3:00 pm, encouraging all the little buckaroos and buckarettes to live life "The Cowboy Way!"
Since forming in 1977, Ranger Doug (Douglas B. Green), Woody Paul (Paul Chrisman), Too Slim (Fred LaBour) and Joey the Cowpolka King (Joey Miskulin) has released nearly three dozen albums. As a classic cowboy quartet – complete with four-part harmonies, fiddle, bunkhouse bass, guitar and accordion – the Riders have been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, the Western Music Association’s Hall of Fame, the Country Music Foundation's Walkway of Stars, and the Walk of Western Stars (in Newhall, CA) along with Gene, Roy, John Wayne and other cowboy legends. They have been recognized by the Western Music Association as "Entertainers Of the Year" seven times, and won "Traditional Group of the Year" and "Traditional Album of the Year" multiple times, in addition to other honors and awards from a host of organizations. It comes as no surprise then that Billboard magazine's Jim Bessman counts them as one of "the most historically significant acts in the history of American music."
In addition to penning award winning songs for their own albums, Rider’s wrote the score for Pixar Animation's Award-winning short "For the Birds," and composed the theme song for the internet cartoon show "Thomas Timberwolf" by renowned Bugs Bunny creator Chuck Jones. But the animated character that history will most certainly link to Riders In The Sky is the loveable cowboy Woody, as Riders performed "Woody's Round Up" in "Toy Story 2," with the album of the same name garnering Riders their first Grammy Award in 2001 for "Best Musical Album for Children." Two years later, Riders roped their second Grammy in the same category, for "Monsters Inc. - Scream Factory Favorites," the companion CD to Pixar's award winning movie.
“Riders are an exceptional act, suited for diverse audiences ranging from children to symphony-goers,” says High Point Theatre Director David Briggs. “Performing such classic tunes as "Don't Fence Me In," "Roll on Texas Moon," and "Happy Trails (To You), triad families will not want to miss this nostalgic show!”
Tickets are $30-$35, available by calling the theatre box office at (336) 887-3001 or online at www.highpointtheatre.com."
- A Press Release