Leg­endary Sons of the Pi­o­neers Con­cert in Moose Jaw on June 24th

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The leg­endary Sons of the Pi­o­neers will be ap­pear­ing in con­cert June 24, 2018 at the Moose Jaw Cul­tural Cen­tre’s his­toric Mae Wil­son Theatre at 7:30 PM. 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 North Amer­i­can West. Both “Tum­ble­weeds” and “Cool Wa­ter” have been in­ducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Founded by Roy Rogers Sr. and the gifted songwriters (Canadian born) Bob Nolan and Tim Spencer; the group gar­nered na­tional and in­ter­na­tional fans through ap­pear­ance 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 mu- sical group to per­form at Carnegie Hall and the first to head­line in Las Ve­gas casi­nos. Through­out their un­in­ter­rupted 80-year ex­is­tence, the group has ac­cu­mu­lated more cov­eted hon­ors and awards than any­one in Western mu­sic. Cur­rent mem­bers in­clude Roy Rogers Jr, (Dusty), Tommy Nal­lie, Ken Lat­ti­more, John Fullerton, and Bruce Hoffman (fid­dler). The group has his­tor­i­cally 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 in 2018 and vis­it­ing dif­fer­ent cities. We had Western Canadian tours in 2015, 2016, and 2017. 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 five mem­bers share the vo­cals and in­stru­men­tals.” Part of the hall­mark sound comes from acous­tic fid­dles, up­right bass, and lead and rhythm gui­tars. When not per­form­ing their reg­u­lar the­ater con­cert sea­son in Septem­ber/Oc­to­ber in Bran­son, Mis­souri, the Pi­o­neers have re­cently been in­vited to per­form on RFD-TV, PBS pro­gram, on Nashville’s Grand Ol’ Opry and at var­i­ous theaters and fes­ti­vals across the coun­try. Lo­cal pro­moter of the group, Mar­garet Mor­ris­sette of Fort Qu’Ap­pelle, said, “The Pi­o­neers are revered leg­ends in the field of Western mu­sic. Ev­ery­one I talk to is so very ex­cited they are com­ing to Western Canada for a June, 2018 tour. We’re go­ing to have lots of fun. There is lim­ited seat­ing, so we en­cour­age ev­ery­one to get their tick­ets early!”

Dusty Rogers

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