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Riders in the Sky member, Kenny Baker named to National Fiddler Hall

Monday, December 12, 2011 – Riders In The Sky lead singer/musician Woody Paul and bluegrasser Kenny Baker were selected as 2012 inductees into the National Fiddler Hall of Fame.

The induction gala will take place on Saturday, April 14 at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, Okla. Riders In The Sky will be taking center stage as headlining performers during the celebration.

Known as "King of the Cowboy Fiddlers," Paul said, "It's amazing...and I've never practiced for it." Other inductees for the 2012 class are Herman Johnson and Keith Coleman.

Previous National Fiddler Hall of Fame inductees include: Roy Acuff, Bob Wills, Dick Barrett, Johnny Gimble, Claude "Fiddler" Williams, Johnnie Lee Wills, Buddy Spicher, Rufus Thibodeaux and Chubby Wise.

The National Fiddler Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization that is committed to offering workshops, mentoring programs and educational community outreach.

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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 »»»
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Concert Review: Gayle, Orlando provide good old-fashioned entertainment – Although this pairing of country star Crystal Gayle and Tony Orlando may have - on the surface - appeared to be an odd one, tonight's audience demonstratively loved each performer equally. It was an evening of memorable songs, fun and funny stories and just good old-fashioned entertainment. Gayle opened the show with a strong set of country... »»»
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