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O J Sikes

Leonia, New Jersey


I only had a passing interest in Western music before I heard the songs of Bob Nolan. He often wrote for three part harmony, sung in a way that was different from the pattern traditionally followed by trios. Born in the South, I grew up listening to duets, trios and quartets singing religious music, country music and popular music, but the way Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers developed their harmony gave them a different “sound” from all the rest.

As a boy in the 1940s & 50s, I had Western records in my small collection, but they featured soloists. They were good records---most were to become “classics,” but I didn’t get “hooked” on Western music until I heard the Sons of the Pioneers sing their theme song, Bob Nolan’s “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” in person, in 1960. The imagery in those lyrics, that beautiful melody and the Pioneers’ incomparable Western harmony, made me a fan for life, on the spot.

Many years later, I chose “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” as the theme for my internet radio show. I never tire of it, and neither do my listeners. In fact, I often get requests to play it all the way through. Of course, I love, and play, many more Nolan classics, but “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” sung in Western harmony, is the one that started it all for me.


The old Boston Pete Western Music Time Archive - Track Lists




OJ Sikes is a founding member of the Western Music Association and a respected music historian. He has a column in "The Western Way" with his music reviews and he has reviewed several of the Sons of the Pioneers albums on the Bob Nolan site. 


OJ has joined www.earsradio.com with the Western Music Time program. New link to Ears: http://www.earsradio1.com/live-radio

You can also hear his program at KKRN.  




Listening Times for Western Music Broadcasts:

http://www.earsradio1.com/ Wednesday at 7pm Eastern, Friday at 5pm Eastern and Saturday night at midnight
http://truckersradiousa.com/ Saturdays at 8am and 7pm CST
http://www.nzcmr.com/ Saturday at 4am and Sunday at 8am New Zealand time

1 hour shows on KKRN-FM air Saturdays at 2pm Pacific Time (and are archived at) http://kkrn.org/shows/westernmusic

The page for the podcast for the 2 hr show is https://www.whenthecowboysings.com/western-music-time-25-29-july-2018/
updated weekly


Also, in addition to the web site listening possibilities, additional possibilities are:

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