by marlys good
Riders in the Sky, the Western Music Group of the year in 2006 and members of the Grand Ole Opry since 1982, will be the featured entertainment at the Hands Across the Saddle IV event Jan. 28 at the Herb Asp Community Center.
The quartet of “madcap cowpokes” consists of “Ranger Doug, Idol of American Youth; Too Slim, the Fastest Wit in the West; Woody Paul, King of the Cowboy Fiddlers, and Joey, the CowPolka King.”
They got their start in 1977. Sharing a common love for authentic Western cowboy songs, they practiced in their living rooms until they were ready to “hit the road in their cowboy costumes.”
Following the 1980 release of “Three on the Trail,” the Riders went on to become part of country music’s Walkway of Stars; established “Rides Radio Theatre” for public and commercial radio; hosted “Tumbleweed Theatre” for TNN, and appeared in “Sweet Dreams,” the story of the late Patsy Cline starring Jessica Lange.
Their live performances include not only Western music favorites, but also down-home humor that appeals to young and old alike.
The four Riders in The Sky are donating their time and talent to the HATS IV benefit, as have featured entertainers for the past three events.