Sons of the Pioneers
75th Anniversary Show on DVD
The Sons of the Pioneers, the group Roy Rogers founded with Bob Nolan and Tim Spencer, created a template for traditional Western music through radio and television performances and more than 100 films. Rogers once predicted that 100 years after their songs first topped the Western music charts, the group’s music would still be popular.
That prophecy is well on its way to being fulfilled, judging by the release of The Sons of the Pioneers 75th Anniversary Show, a DVD featuring the current Pioneers lineup along with guest appearances by singer Connie Smith and Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie McCoy. The one-hour DVD combines performance footage shot live at the Texas Troubadour Theatre with remembrances from group members and tributes from fans, including music historian Fred Goodwin and Ranger Doug from Riders in the Sky, who says, “It is always a thrill to hear them do what they do.”
The current Pioneers lineup might be more accurately described as the Grandsons of the Pioneers, but their close harmonies and classic songs like “Cool Water” and “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” haven’t aged a bit. “It paints a picture in your mind of the American West,” says Rogers’ grandson, Rob Johnson, of the Pioneers’ music. “They don’t feel the need to modernize ... to evolve with the times. And people love it.”