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Riders in the Sky win Spirit Award

Tuesday, April 8, 2008 – Riders in the Sky won the National Festival of the West Cowboy Spirit Award, recognizing those setting the example of Western heroes with the integrity, strength of spirit, and moral character depicted by the American cowboy. Riders in the Sky is a western/cowboy music group that has been making music for decades. The trio and actor John Wayne were the recipients for 2008.

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Riders In The Sky Salute Roy Rogers: King Of The Cowboys CD review - Riders In The Sky Salute Roy Rogers: King Of The Cowboys
There's likely nobody better to create a tribute album to the great Roy Rogers than Riders In The Sky. After all, Riders In The Sky's very existence is a kind of tribute to Rogers, as well as others like him. But this act - and this album in particular - is no nostalgic trip. Just listen to the enthusiasm, and musical swing, given to "Don't Fence Me In." This music comes off lively because Riders In The Sky infuse it with energy. Although you wouldn't guess it from »»»
Public Cowboy #1: A Centennial Salute to the Music of Gene Autry (reissue) CD review - Public Cowboy #1: A Centennial Salute to the Music of Gene Autry  (reissue)
Gene Autry would kiss his horse to hear this sweet sounding re-issue by Riders in the Sky of a recording that was already grand enough the first time around when released in 1996. Tribute albums can be sketchy, especially when they're a compilation of other people's recordings of one man's music, but here the combined talents of the irrepressible Riders more than does the master justice. Renditions of songs sung and written by Gene (and others like Ray Whitely and Billy Hill) will »»»
Xmas the Cowboy Way
The Riders in the Sky have always been a loopy band, and this album is no exception. Songs like "The Prairie Dog Christmas Ball" and "Sidemeat's Christmas Stew," in which one of the Riders puts together a nasty sounding concoction and feeds it to the others, will likely appeal more to small children than to adults. One of the most entertaining songs for young and old alike, however, is "Let It Snow / The Last Christmas Medley You'll Ever Need to Hear." The Riders assert that every Christmas song »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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