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Maryville, TN 37804
Riders in the Sky
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 by reviving and revitalizing Western music. And while remaining true to the integrity of Western music, they have become modern-day icons by branding the genre with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit.
Riders In The Sky are exceptional, not just in the sense that their music is of high standards (they are the ONLY exclusively Western artist to have won a Grammy, and Riders have won two), but by the fact that their accomplishments are an exception to the rule as well. Their cowboy charisma and comedic flair made them naturals for TV, landed them their own weekly show on TNN, and a Saturday morning series on CBS. They have been guests on countless TV specials, documentaries and variety shows, appearing with everyone from Barney to Penn & Teller.
In 1982, Riders In The Sky became the first, and to date only, exclusively Western music artist to join the Grand Ole Opry. Riders are equally at ease amusing a theatre full of children as enthralling a symphony audience accompanied by 50 or 60 classically trained instrumentalists, or even a group of servicemen during a USO Tour.
Riders have been the Western Music Association’s “Entertainers Of the Year” seven times, and won “Traditional Group of the Year” and “Traditional Album of the Year” multiple times. The Academy of Western Artists has named them “Western Music Group of the Year” twice in 5 years, and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum has bestowed Riders with their Wrangler Award statuette three times. It is no surprise that Billboard magazine’s Jim Bessman counts them as one of “the most historically significant acts in the history of American music.”
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The Quebe Sisters
When the Quebe Sisters from Texas take a stage, and the triple-threat fiddle champions start playing and singing in multi-part close harmony, audiences are usually transfixed, then blown away. It’s partly because the trio’s vocal and instrumental performances are authentic all-Americana. Along with headlining their own shows to ever-growing audiences, they’ve shared stages with American music legends like Willie Nelson, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Ray Price, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Ray Benson, Asleep at the Wheel, Riders in the Sky and many others.