Last updated: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Roy Rogers story on Broadway (courtesy of Fred Sopher)
The Sons of the Pioneers back in Canada! The Sons of the Pioneers came to Manitoba, Canada, for five shows in October, 2012. The City of Winnipeg paid tribute to Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers. Bob was born in Winnipeg and the remainder of his ashes will be buried here.
Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers Centennial Collection now available for sale at Amazon.com.
"Lost" Ken Curtis TV Song Programs ("Ken Curtis Song Stories")
Boyd Magers (Western Clippings) is advertising for sale a DVD copy of excerpts from the "lost" Ken Curtis TV shows. Any Ken Curtis fan will be delighted with this DVD although the visual and sound quality is not perfect. In each 15-minute show, Ken introduces 3 or 4 songs, leaning heavily on Bob Nolan's compositions. The songs featured are "I Follow the Stream" (Nolan), "Happy Cowboy" (Nolan), "Following the Sun" (Nolan), "A Cowboy has to Sing" (Nolan), "Red River Valley", "Timber Trail", "On the Rim of the Canyon", "Chant of the Wanderer" (Nolan), "The Mystery of His Way" (Nolan), "On the Rhythm Range" (Nolan), "Song of the Trail", "Where the Rio Rolls Along", and "A Summer Night's Rain" (Nolan) The price is $22 post-paid to Boyd Magers in continental USA. For more information write to:
Boyd Magers www.westernclippings.com
1312 Stagecoach Rd. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87123
Peter and Anne Greb
Here's our new schedule for
Lonesome Ron may now be seen on the internet. No
YouTube videos yet so this will have to do. If you have good internet access you
can see House of Dakota Rose" in its entirety. The original episode had the
stage show in the background while the plot evolved. They created a segment with
just the stage show so you can view the song without interruptions. When I'm
trying to book myself I send these links out to give people a chance to hear how
aka Charley Engel
KMSU - Mankato MN "Jazz with Miss Lona"
Larry Hopper, music historian from New Jersey, was interviewed by Miss Lona and Ron Affolter in a salute to Bob Nolan. This is a Minnesota State University program that plays a variety of music with hostess, Miss Lona. Ron Affolter appears in the show or 3 times a year and, if there's an important tribute to be done, he presents his ideas to Miss Lona. Excerpts from this interview
Spirit of the West with host, Hugh McLennan.
Radio / internet broadcasts from his September 9 and October 14, 2006, Bob Nolan tribute programs.
VARIOUS NEW RECORDINGS / DVDs
The Sons of the Pioneers 60th Anniversary WMA Festival Video available in VHS or DVD.
VHS DVD + CD
"The Sons of the Pioneers Sing the Stephen Foster Songbook" is available now wherever CDs are sold. Track List.
Live - In Concert at the Grand Ol' Opry - the one and only DVD filmed. Now available for $18.99 (plus shipping and handling)
This DVD of the 75th anniversary of the Sons of the Pioneers is a "must have" for fans. The current group retains the original Pioneer harmony and each one of them is an outstanding musician in his own right. When they break into "Farr Away Blues", you feel like standing up and clapping yourself. The current group contains two first class fiddlers - one of them world class!
There are four songs by Bob Nolan plus many of the Pioneers' better known western and country-western songs. The DVD contains 16 songs sprinkled with commentary by Fred Goodwin, Ranger Doug, Rob Johnson (Roy Rogers' grandson) and many others. Guest, Charlie McCoy, does a superb job on his harmonica. But best of all, it is a most enjoyable show. Track list: When Pay Day Rolls Around, The Timber Trail, Red River Valley, Whoopee Ti Yi Yo, The Lilies Grow High, Orange Blossom Special, Vaya Con Dios, San Antonio Rose, Room Full of Roses, Cool Water, Press Along to the Big Corral, Just a Closer Walk with Thee, Farr Away Blues, Way Out There, Tumbling Tumbleweeds and Happy Trails
Bear Family has released a 6 CD-Box Set with the Sons of
the Pioneers material from 1933 to 1943 in September.
It is accompanied by a 160-page book by
Douglas B. "Ranger Dough" Green. Widely available for purchase.
The Silver Screen Cowboy Project Produced by Marvin O'Dell. 24 original songs about the silver screen cowboys, this 2-CD set features modern western singers like Dave Stamey, Dan Roberts, Les Gilliam, Tom Hiatt, Curly Musgraves, Kip Calahan, Jim Jones, Journey West, etc.
Ride Away (Rich Flanders)
Included in this collection of 16 favorites are "Blue Shadows on the Trail," "The Timber Trail," "Blue Prairie," "Ghost Riders in the Sky," "Ridin' Down the Canyon," "Cool Water," "River of No Return," "Song of the Trail," and "Man Walks Among Us."
Just a note to let you know that a new song, Tribute to the Hudson River, by Judy Kellersberger, is now up. You can hear a sample snippet by clicking on the link there. I was honored to have been asked by Judy to record her beautiful song about the great river, and to have the wonderful piano accompaniment of Steve Saari. This being the 400th anniversary of the "discovery" of the river by Henry Hudson in 1609, the song is getting airplay on various stations here in the Hudson Valley, and we hope it'll soon reach far beyond the valley as well. I hope that you'll enjoy it! My best wishes, Rich (Will Rogers Cowboy Award)
The songs of this CD were recorded as transcriptions for Capitol Records at the same time when Shug was a member of the SOP between 1949 and 1952.
Tracks: Out On The Open Range/ Cowboys Dream/ Little Joe The Wrangler/ Texas Plains/ When The Bloom Is On The Sage/ Bury Me Out On The Prairie/ Ridin Down To Santa Fe/ Cowboy Jubilee/ Whoopee Ti Yi Yo Git Along Little Dogies/ Cool Water/ Belle Of Cheyenne/ Fiddler Joe/ Well Rest At The End Of The Trail/ The Convict And The Rose/ Sweet Evalina/ Forgive And Forget/ Spanish Cavalier/ Only A Message From Home Sweet Home/ Beautiful Texas/ Lonesome Train Blues/ Moonlight On The Prairie/ Wonder Valley/ Little Cabin In The Cascade Mountains/ Gooseberry Pie
A new voice on the western music scene and her superb recording of new songs. For a full track list and clips from each song, visit her website. The lyrics of one of these songs, "A Raindrop", is one Bob Nolan would have approved. The CD is filled with songs of several genres but "Old Cowboy" and "Cowboy Poetry" are completely western.
1. The Mighty Santa Fe (original song by The Tumbling Tumbleweeds)
of a Cowboy by John H Conley Jr
Contact John Conley for more information:
Issue August-September of American Cowboy magazine has a big article on the Sons of the Pioneers with lots of photographs. If your newsstand doesn't carry the magazine, go to American Cowboy website and read the article by Tom Wilmes and watch both video clips.
Tribute to Curly Musgrave, from left: Andy Nelson, Gary Robertson, Mike Fleming, Diane Tribitt, Jon Messenger, next 3 are the Tumbling Tumbleweeds, behind flowers the Sons Of The San Joaquin, Joyce Woodson, Junie Fisher, Belinda Gail, unknown, R. W. Hampton, Patty Clayton, Dave Bourne, Patty Bourne, Dave Stamey, Rusty Richards (photo courtesy of Dave & Patty Bourne)
Oldest son of western film legend, Dale Evans, passed peacefully on May 16, 2012, due to complications related to congestive heart failure. He was 84. A retired school teacher, Tom served as music minister at Arcade Church and other subsequent churches in the Sacramento area for over 20 years before moving to Santa Clarita, CA, to be closer to his family. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Barbara, and their three grown daughters, Mindy Petersen, Candie Halberg, and Julie Pomilia and their families. A memorial service for Tom will be held on June 16, 2012 at 1:00pm at Arcade Church, Sacramento, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Grace Baptist Church, Tom Fox Memorial Fund, 22833 Copperhill Drive, Santa Clarita, CA. 91350 Happy trails, dear Tom, until we meet again. (The Sacramento Bee on June 3, 2012) Read more here
Long-time member of the Sons of the Pioneers and our good friend, Gary LeMaster passed away Sunday, Sept 9th after a long battle with cancer. (OJ Sikes, September 11, 2011)
"Kactus Jim" Kleist passed away on December 29th of a stroke. He will be sadly missed. Ken Griffis had bequeathed 40 boxes of his research to Jim and he had been making the taped interviews available to the public.
Karl E. Farr (son of Karl Farr of the Sons of the Pioneers) passed away on December 4, 2013 from a stroke and liver complications from too many blood transfusions. The mailing address for his wife, Pat, is: PO Box 1057, Sisters, Oregon 97759. Email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org Karl will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Dave "Professor" Bourne lost his fight with cancer on January 30, 2015. Dave was a professional musician with a great love of Bob Nolan music. Without his help, many of Bob's songs would be unavailable to the public. He is greatly missed by all of us.
Thomas "Snuff" Garrett passed away on December 17, 2015, at his fanch in Arizona at the age of 76.
Harold (Hal) Spencer passed away on January 16, 2018, after a lengthy illness.
Hal was the son of
Tim Spencer (of the Sons of the Pioneers) and the owner of Manna Music. He
was instrumental in the forming of the
Western Music Association.