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Riders In The Sky have been called "America's Favorite Cowboys," "the Springsteens of the Sagebrush," and "the Marx Brothers of Western Music."

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With 28-plus years, over 5,200 performances and counting under their collective cowboy belt, Riders In The Sky, the multi Grammy Award winning Western music group whose music is firmly grounded in the rich American music traditions of such legendary cowboys singers as Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and the Sons of the Pioneers—and whose fun-filled performances have enchanted audiences of all ages—are themselves the stuff of legend.

 

Indeed, the Riders—Ranger Doug (Idol of American Youth), Woody Paul (King of the Cowboy Fiddlers), Too Slim ("a Righteous Tater"), and Joey (the CowPolka King)—have single-handedly revived and revitalized an entire music genre since they formed in 1977. With their recent induction into the prestigious Walk of Western Stars in Newhall, California, they've only added more luster to an extraordinary career that long ago placed them rightfully alongside the all-time greats as the world's premiere Western recording and touring band.

 

Foremost on their list of achievements are their Grammy albums: "Woody's Roundup featuring Riders In The Sky" was a "companion album" for the soundtrack of the 1999 Walt Disney/Pixar animated classic "Toy Story 2," which contained their delightful version of "Woody's Roundup." The album won the Grammy for Best Musical Album for Children for 2001—an honor the Riders received again two years later for their Walt Disney Records release "Monster's Inc.-Scream Factory Favorites"—another animated film classic musical tie-in.

 

But the Riders have other estimable animation credits. In 2002, they composed the original score to Pixar Animation's Academy Award-winning short "For the Birds." More recently, they wrote the theme for a new Internet cartoon by renowned Bugs Bunny creator Chuck Jones—and had their own animated characters make a guest appearance in an episode of "Duck Dodgers," the Warner Bros. cartoon series on the Cartoon Network starring Daffy Duck in space, for which they recorded and sang the "Ballad of Duck Dodgers." Their animated characters also appear in episodes of "Stanley" on the Disney network this year—and the DVD versions—and perform three songs in a few episodes as well.

 

As real-life characters, the Riders continue to record seasonal episodes of Riders Radio Theatre, a radio program that's been broadcast by over 170 public and commercial stations since 1989. They've also starred in their own Saturday morning children's TV series, "Riders In The Sky," for CBS; hosted another one, "Tumbleweed Theater," for TNN; appeared regularly on "Austin City Limits"; and served as spokesmen for the National Park Service, Opryland, and such varied products as Levis, Taco Bell, Budweiser, Coke, and Cheer. Additionally, the group performed in "Sweet Dreams," the acclaimed Patsy Cline biopic starring Jessica Lange, and the Kenny Rogers made-for-TV movie "Wild Horses."

 

Of greatest significance, however, is that in 1982, Riders In The Sky became the first exclusively Western music artist to join the Grand Ole Opry. Coming two years after the release of their first album "Three On the Trail," their Opry induction recognized the then trio's instantly-earned stature, not only as the foremost custodians of America's great Western music heritage, but as among country music's leading entertainers.

 

The humorous aspect of the Riders, of course, is inherent in their identities.

 

Guitarist Ranger Doug, "Governor of the Great State of Rhythm," sings lead and baritone vocals with an ever-present big grin and warm twinkle in his eyes. A yodeler of breathtaking technique, he is also an award-winning Western music songwriter in his own right—and a distinguished music historian whose 2002 Vanderbilt University Press book "Singing in the Saddle" was the first comprehensive look at the singing cowboy phenomenon that swept the country in the 1930s.

 

Upright "bunkhouse" bassist Too Slim, easily the sharpest wit in the West, was, prior to the Riders, a janitor, industrial galvanizer, puppeteer, rumor-monger, hay stacker, burlesque show emcee, sportswriter, wildlife manager, and electric bassman. Besides his superb bass play and comic genius, he has inspired thousands to whack out tunes on their faces.

 

Woody Paul, "King of the Cowboy Fiddlers," sings lead and tenor vocals, and gained early experience in country-western music by hanging out with the likes of Roy Acuff. When not dazzling Riders fans with his fiddle, he's thrilling them with intricate rope tricks which he swears he'll get right before his career is over.

 

Accordionist Joey The CowPolka King, "plays both ends against the middle," as they say, on his "stomach Steinway." The master musician, who apprenticed with the late polka king Frank Yankovic and has played with everyone from Roy Rogers to U2, is also the Riders' album producer and a licensed driver.

 

One of Joey's latest productions for the Riders is "Silver Jubilee" (Acoustic Disc) a two-CD set of new recordings of their best-loved songs—along with a bonus live mini-concert. It's the 32nd album from the group (averaging well over one album release a year), and perhaps the quintessential Western music album of the modern era.

 

There can be no doubt, however, that after 28 years, more than 5,000 performances (a rate of one show every other day!), 3,001,430 miles traveled, and 300 national TV appearances, Riders In The Sky, whose history has now been recounted in Don Cusic's biography "It's the Cowboy Way!," are among the most historically significant acts in the history of American music.

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Riders In The Sky have been called "America's Favorite Cowboys," "the Springsteens of the Sagebrush," and "the Marx Brothers of Western Music."

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With 28-plus years, over 5,200 performances and counting under their collective cowboy belt, Riders In The Sky, the multi Grammy Award winning Western music group whose music is firmly grounded in the rich American music traditions of such legendary cowboys singers as Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and the Sons of the Pioneers—and whose fun-filled performances have enchanted audiences of all ages—are themselves the stuff of legend.

 

Indeed, the Riders—Ranger Doug (Idol of American Youth), Woody Paul (King of the Cowboy Fiddlers), Too Slim ("a Righteous Tater"), and Joey (the CowPolka King)—have single-handedly revived and revitalized an entire music genre since they formed in 1977. With their recent induction into the prestigious Walk of Western Stars in Newhall, California, they've only added more luster to an extraordinary career that long ago placed them rightfully alongside the all-time greats as the world's premiere Western recording and touring band.

 

Foremost on their list of achievements are their Grammy albums: "Woody's Roundup featuring Riders In The Sky" was a "companion album" for the soundtrack of the 1999 Walt Disney/Pixar animated classic "Toy Story 2," which contained their delightful version of "Woody's Roundup." The album won the Grammy for Best Musical Album for Children for 2001—an honor the Riders received again two years later for their Walt Disney Records release "Monster's Inc.-Scream Factory Favorites"—another animated film classic musical tie-in.

 

But the Riders have other estimable animation credits. In 2002, they composed the original score to Pixar Animation's Academy Award-winning short "For the Birds." More recently, they wrote the theme for a new Internet cartoon by renowned Bugs Bunny creator Chuck Jones—and had their own animated characters make a guest appearance in an episode of "Duck Dodgers," the Warner Bros. cartoon series on the Cartoon Network starring Daffy Duck in space, for which they recorded and sang the "Ballad of Duck Dodgers." Their animated characters also appear in episodes of "Stanley" on the Disney network this year—and the DVD versions—and perform three songs in a few episodes as well.

 

As real-life characters, the Riders continue to record seasonal episodes of Riders Radio Theatre, a radio program that's been broadcast by over 170 public and commercial stations since 1989. They've also starred in their own Saturday morning children's TV series, "Riders In The Sky," for CBS; hosted another one, "Tumbleweed Theater," for TNN; appeared regularly on "Austin City Limits"; and served as spokesmen for the National Park Service, Opryland, and such varied products as Levis, Taco Bell, Budweiser, Coke, and Cheer. Additionally, the group performed in "Sweet Dreams," the acclaimed Patsy Cline biopic starring Jessica Lange, and the Kenny Rogers made-for-TV movie "Wild Horses."

 

Of greatest significance, however, is that in 1982, Riders In The Sky became the first exclusively Western music artist to join the Grand Ole Opry. Coming two years after the release of their first album "Three On the Trail," their Opry induction recognized the then trio's instantly-earned stature, not only as the foremost custodians of America's great Western music heritage, but as among country music's leading entertainers.

 

The humorous aspect of the Riders, of course, is inherent in their identities.

 

Guitarist Ranger Doug, "Governor of the Great State of Rhythm," sings lead and baritone vocals with an ever-present big grin and warm twinkle in his eyes. A yodeler of breathtaking technique, he is also an award-winning Western music songwriter in his own right—and a distinguished music historian whose 2002 Vanderbilt University Press book "Singing in the Saddle" was the first comprehensive look at the singing cowboy phenomenon that swept the country in the 1930s.

 

Upright "bunkhouse" bassist Too Slim, easily the sharpest wit in the West, was, prior to the Riders, a janitor, industrial galvanizer, puppeteer, rumor-monger, hay stacker, burlesque show emcee, sportswriter, wildlife manager, and electric bassman. Besides his superb bass play and comic genius, he has inspired thousands to whack out tunes on their faces.

 

Woody Paul, "King of the Cowboy Fiddlers," sings lead and tenor vocals, and gained early experience in country-western music by hanging out with the likes of Roy Acuff. When not dazzling Riders fans with his fiddle, he's thrilling them with intricate rope tricks which he swears he'll get right before his career is over.

 

Accordionist Joey The CowPolka King, "plays both ends against the middle," as they say, on his "stomach Steinway." The master musician, who apprenticed with the late polka king Frank Yankovic and has played with everyone from Roy Rogers to U2, is also the Riders' album producer and a licensed driver.

 

One of Joey's latest productions for the Riders is "Silver Jubilee" (Acoustic Disc) a two-CD set of new recordings of their best-loved songs—along with a bonus live mini-concert. It's the 32nd album from the group (averaging well over one album release a year), and perhaps the quintessential Western music album of the modern era.

 

There can be no doubt, however, that after 28 years, more than 5,000 performances (a rate of one show every other day!), 3,001,430 miles traveled, and 300 national TV appearances, Riders In The Sky, whose history has now been recounted in Don Cusic's biography "It's the Cowboy Way!," are among the most historically significant acts in the history of American music.

FAQs on booking Riders in the Sky

  • How to book Riders in the Sky?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Riders in the Sky for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Riders in the Sky, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Riders in the Sky or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Riders in the Sky?

    Booking fees for Riders in the Sky, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Riders in the Sky, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Riders in the Sky?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Riders in the Sky for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Riders in the Sky for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Riders in the Sky or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Riders in the Sky or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Riders in the Sky is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Riders in the Sky for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Riders in the Sky generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Kongos, Ella Henderson, Ross Lynch, Sam Smith and Cheyenne Jackson. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Riders in the Sky for an upcoming event.

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