Groupe Country US formé en 1977 et composé de Doug (né Douglas B. Green), Woody Paul (né Paul Chrisman), Too Slim et venu dans le milieu des années quatre-vingt-dix, le roi du Cowpolka Joey Miskulin.

Beginning each performance with their trademark greeting, "Mighty fine and a great big Western 'Howdy,' all you buckaroos and buckarettes," Riders in the Sky simultaneously paid tribute to and poked gentle fun at the classic cowboy songs of the 1930s and '40s, particularly the work of the Sons of the PioneersRoy Rogers, and Gene Autry. During the '80s and '90s, the group was notable for its ability to attract fans both firmly within the country tradition (the Riders are members of the Grand Ole Opry) and outside of it. Riders in the Sky are made up of lead singer Ranger Doug (born Douglas B. Green), Woody Paul (born Paul Chrisman) on fiddle and vocals, Too Slim (string bass and guitar), and since the mid-'90s, "Cowpolka King" Joey Miskulin on accordion.
 Before forming the band, the Michigan-born Ranger Doug was a member of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys and was also a country music journalist, working at the Country Music Foundation Press as editor of The Journal of Country Music. Prior to joining the Riders, Woody Paul, a formidable swing fiddler, played with Loggins & Messina, and Too Slim was a member of Dickey Lee's band in addition to being a songwriter. The trio formed in the mid-'70s, playing a weekly gig at a Nashville nightclub that led to a slot on Tumbleweed Theater on cable television's Nashville Network (TNN).
Riders in the Sky made their recording debut in 1979 on the Rounder label with Three on the Trail, which set the pattern for their mix of classic and newly composed sentimental western numbers, parodies (like "The Legend of Palindrome," in which a figure resembling television's Paladin is described exclusively in sentences that read the same backwards and forwards), crack swing instrumental work, and Sons of the Pioneers-style harmony singing. They released five albums on MCA in the 1980s, and in 1985 they appeared in Sweet Dreams, the film biography of Patsy Cline. The group returned briefly to MCA in 1987, releasing Riders Radio Theater a year later. The success of that album led to the program Riders Radio Theater on National Public Radio, where the group was already well known from performances on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion program.
In 1991 the Riders moved to CBS for the children's album Harmony Ranch, which led to a short-lived CBS-TV Saturday morning television show. Riders in the Sky moved to the roots-oriented independent Rounder in 1995 and over the next four years, they released six albums for the label, beginning with 1995's Always Drink Upstream from the Herd and ending with 1999's Christmas the Cowboy Way. In 1999, Riders in the Sky were featured in the Disney/Pixar animated blockbuster Toy Story 2 and this opened up one of their greatest periods of popularity, partially due to how it strengthened their presence in childrens' music. Woody's Roundup: A Rootin' Tootin' Collection of Woody's Favorite Songs, a tie-in to Toy Story 2, appeared in 2000; two years later, the similar Monsters, Inc. Scream Factory Favorites showed up. Meanwhile, the band bounced between indie labels and self-releases -- A Pair of Kings, released on Oh Boy in 2002, showcased the increasingly impressive instrumental talents of Miskulin and Paul; Acoustic Disc's 2003 set Silver Jubilee celebrated the band's 25th anniversary, an event also commemorated with the publication of Don Cusic's book, It's the Cowboy Way! The Amazing True Adventures of Riders in the Sky.
Riders in the Sky remained an unfailing, family-friendly concert draw: their shows featured such novelties as rope tricks in addition to music and humor. Recordings arrived steadily, but these were always on indies, such as the band's own Riders Radio Records, along with Cracker Barrel. Additionally, Ranger Doug hosted a show on SiriusXM Satellite Radio called "Ranger Doug's Classic Cowboy Corral," another sign of how enduring the cowboy ways of Riders in the Sky were.

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Talents : Doug : Lead Singer - Woody : Fiddle, Vocals - Too : Bass, Guitar - Joey : Accordion

Style musical : Traditional Country, Cowboy, Western Swing

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Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles & EP

1981 SP ROUNDER 4548 (US) .

Cowboy Jubilee / Riding Alone

1982 SP ROUNDER 4552 (US)

Riding Home For Christmas / Christmas At The Triple-X Ranch

11/1985 SP WARNER BROS. PRO-S-2409 (US) (promo) .

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band : Colorado Christmas / Michael Martin Murphey with Riders In The Sky : The Cowboys' Christmas Ball 

1985 SP MCA MCA-27398 (US) .

Back In The Saddle Again / Concerto For Violin And Longhorns

1987 EP MCA S45-17398 (US) (promo)

Riders In The Sky / Concerto For Violin And Longhorns / Mr. Sincere (State Fair Burnout) / Back In The Saddle Again

1988 EP MCA S45-17677 (US) (promo)

The Fish And The Edsel - Jerry Clower : The Fish And The Edsel / Peanuts / Marcel And The Lady / Riders In The Sky : Trail Traffic Report / Udder Butter On A Rope / Triple X Stock Report / Bio Feedbag / Saddle Whiz

1990 SP MCA S45-18506 (US) (promo) .

Livin' In A Mobile Home / Livin' In A Mobile Home

09/2013 EP DAYTROTTER ? (US)

Daytrotter Session - Fiddle Medley / Tumbling Tumbleweeds / Texas Plains / Toy Story 2 Medley / Happy Trails

 

Albums

1979 LP 12" ROUNDER 0102 (US) THREE ON THE TRAIL - Three On The Trail / Riders In The Sky / That’s How The Yodel Was Born / Don’t Fence Me In / Blue Bonnet Lady / Here Comes The Santa Fe / Cowboy Song / Skyball Paint / Cielito Lindo / Blue Montana Skies / When Payday Rolls Around  / So Long, Saddle Pals
07/1981 LP 12" ROUNDER 0147 (US) COWBOY JUBILEE - Cowboy Jubilee / Compadres In The Old Sierra Madre / Desperado Trail / Soon As The Roundup's Through / Ol' Cowpoke / Back In The Saddle Again / Red River Valley / Ride With The Wind / Riding Alone / At The End Of The Rainbow Trail / On The Rhythm Range / Ojo Caliente
1982 LP 12" ROUNDER 0170 (US) PRAIRIE SERENADE - Prairie Serenade /Jingle, Jangle, Jingle / Blue Shadows On The Trail / Pretty Princess / Cowpoke / Chasing The Sun / Down The Trail To San Antone / I Ride An Old Paint / Old El Paso / Utah Trail / Nevada / Home On The Range
1983 LP 12" ROUNDER 1038 (US)

Weeds And Water - Cool Water / West Texas Cowboy / La Cucaracha / Street Of Laredo (The Cowboy's Lament) / Singing A Song To The Sky / Tumbling Tumbleweeds / Pecos Bill / That's How The Yondel Was Born / Wasteland / Bound To Hit The Trail

1984 LP 12" ROUNDER 0186 (US) LIVE - Cowboy Jubilee / The Yodel Blues / When Bloom Is On The Sage / After You've Gone / Cowboy Song / Hold That Critter Down / Cielito Lindo / The Last Roundup / I Grab My Saddle Horn And Blow / Blue Bonnet Lady / When Payday Rolls Around / So Long Saddle Pals
1985 LP 12" ROUNDER 8011 (US)

Saddle Pals - Yippie-Yi-Yo And Away We Go / The Old Chisholm Trail / Get Along Little Dogies / Biscuit Blues / Sweet Betsy From Pike / There's A Great Big Candy Roundup / I'm Going To Leave Old Texas Now / The Cowboy's Abc / Clementine / "One, Two, Three" Said The Miner / Fiddle Medley / Down The Lullabye Trail

1985 LP 12" Book-of-the-Month 61-7513 (US)

Western Songs - Cowboy Jubilee / Jingle, Jangle, Jingle / Tumbling Tumbleweeds / Ghost Riders In The Sky / Don't Fence Me In / Here Comes The Santa Fe / Back In The Saddle Again / Blue Bonnet Lady / I Ride An Old Paint / Cool Water / Old El Paso / Home On The Range / That's How The Yodel Was Born / Soon As The Roundup's Through / Compadres In The Old Sierra Madres / Ride With The Wind / West Texas Cowboy / Pecos Bill / Prairie Serenade / Streets Of Laredo (The Cowboy's Lament) / Down The Trail To San Antone / La Cucaracha / Red River Valley / So Long Saddle Pals

1986 LP 12" ROUNDER 0220 (US) NEW TRAILS - Cimarron / Trail Of Tears / I’m Satisfied With You / Even Texas Isn’t Big Enough Now / Slowpoke / Blue Bonnet Lady / Cowboy Of The Highway / Any Time / All Those Years / Soon As The Roundup’s Through
1987 CD MCA MCAD-31240 (US) THE COWBOY WAY - Texas Plains / Back In The Saddle Again / Riders In The Sky / Carry Me Back To The Lone Prarie / Mr. Sincere (State Fair Burnout) / Concerto For Violin And Longhorns / Lonely Yukon Stars / The Salting Of The Slug / When Payday Rolls Around / My Oklahoma / Reincarnation / Miss Molly / Ridin' Down the Canyon (When The Desert Sun Goes Down) / That's How The Yodel Was Born / Happy Trails
02/1988 CD ROUNDER CD-11517 (US) BEST OF THE WEST - Cowboy Jubilee / That's How The Yodel Was Born / (Ghost) Riders In The Sky / Don't Fence Me In / Ol' Cowpoke / Wasteland / Blue Bonnet Lady / Blue Montana Skies / After You've Gone / Here Comes The Santa Fe / Tumbling Tumbleweeds / La Cucaracha / Soon As The Roundup's Through / I Ride An Old Paint / Riding Alone / Hold That Critter Down / Ride With The Wind / Cowboy Song / Prairie Serenade / Nevada / Home On The Range / So Long Saddle Pals
06/1988 CD MCA MCAD-42180 (US) RIDERS RADIO THEATER- The Scene / Riders Radio Theme / Chant Of The Wanderer / Udder Butter On A Rope / Trail Traffic Report / Sagebrush Sports Report / Cattle Call / Bio Feedbag / Trail Traffic Update / Call Of The Wild / Triple X Stock Report / Sundown Blues / Riders Radio Theme (Reprise) / Pops / Saddle Whiz / Meltdown On The Mesa / So Long Saddle Pals / The Long Shot
08/1988 CD ROUNDER CD-11524 (US)

The Best Of The West Rides Again - Three on the Trail / Back in the Saddle Again / Cool Water / Desperado Trail / At the End of the Rainbow Trail / Down the Trail to San Antone / Blue Shadows on the Trail / Jingle Jangle Jingle / Pecos Bill / Streets of Laredo (The Cowboy's Lament) / West Texas Cowboy / Cowpoke / Old El Paso / Skyball Paint / Compadres in the Old Sierra Madres / Bound to Hit the Trail / Ojo Caliente / The Yodel Blues / Pretty Prairie Princess / Chasin' the Sun / When the Bloom Is on the Sage / Singing a Song to the Sky / On the Rhythm Range / Red River Valley / When Payday Rolls Around

06/1989 CD MCA MCAD-42305 (US) RIDERS GO COMMERCIAL - Board Room / Accordian Repair Course / Studebaker / Udder Fantastic / Side Of Opera / Perfume Passion And Polka / Queen Elizabeth Trio / Polkaholism / Cow Paint And Body Shop / Along The Navajo Trail / There's A Blue Sky Way Out Yonder / Geezer Training Course / No Rodeo Dough / Riding The Old Front Range / Ride With Me Gringo / Toolkit In A Holster
09/1990 CD MCA MCAD-42338 (US)

HORSE OPERA - Ride Cowboy Ride / Maybe I'll Cry Over You / Texas Echo / Slocum Intro / What Would I Do Without You? / The Arms Of My Love / Homecoming Yodel / Call Of The Canyon / Drywall Intro / Livin' In A Mobile Home / The Line Rider / Sidemeat Intro / Sidekick Heaven / Someone's Got To Do It

08/1991 CD COLUMBIA CK-48589 (US) HARMONY RANCH - Harmony Ranch / How Does He Yodel? / Great Grand Dad / The Big Corral / Pecos Bill / I Always Do / One Little Coyote / Come And Get It / The Cowboy's ABCs / Face: The Music / (Cody Of The) Pony Express / Prairie Lullabye
04/1992 CD MCA MCAD-10495 (US) SATURDAY MORNING WITH RIDERS IN THE SKY - Texas Plains / Back In The Saddle Again / Riders In The Sky / That's How The Yodel Was Born / Someone's Got To Do Ir / Ride Cowboy Ride / Queen Elizabeth Trio / There's A Blue Sky Way Out Yonder / Cattle Call / So Long Saddle Pals
09/1992 CD COLUMBIA CK-52778 (US) MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM HARMONY RANCH - Here Comes Santa Claus / Silver Bells / Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer / White Christmas / Navidad y Año Nuevo / Christmas Time's A-Coming / Deck The Bunkhouse Walls / Sidemeat's Christmas Goose / Riding Home On Christmas Eve / Merry Christmas From Harmony Ranch - Jingle Bells / Christmas Carol Medley - Greatest Gifts
1994 CD COLUMBIA 64268 (US) COWBOYS IN LOVE - The Cowboy's In Love / Along The Santa Fe Trail / One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart) / Wimmen...Who Needs 'Em / Sweet Señorita Teresa / Farr Away Stomp (A Tribute To Our Four Legged Friends) / The Yellow Rose Of Texas / La Malagueña / I'm A Ding Dong Daddy / Early Autumn / You're Wearin' Out Your Welcome, Matt
10/1995 CD ROUNDER CD-0360 (US) ALWAYS DRINK UPSTREAM FROM THE HERD - Riding The Winds Of The West / Texas Polka / Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle / After You’ve Gone / The Trail Tip Song / Desert Serenade / Rawhide / The Whispering Wind / The First Cowboy Song / Idaho / The Running Gun / Cattle Call
08/1996 CD EASYDISC CD-7005 (US) COWBOY SONGS - Jingle, Jangle, Jingle / Tumbling Tumbleweeds / Don't Fence Me In / Cattle Call / (Ghost) Riders In The Sky / The Streets Of Laredo (The Cowboy's Lament) / I Ride An Old Paint / Red River Valley / Rawhide / Chasin' The Sun / Back In The Saddle Again / Home On The Range
10/1996 CD ROUNDER CD-0410 (US) PUBLIC COWBOY #1: THE MUSIC OF GENE AUTRY - Back In The Saddle Again / Sioux City Sue / Mexicali Rose / You Are My Sunshine / Have I Told You Lately That I Love You / Can't Shake The Sands Of Texas From My Shoes / That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine / Be Honest With Me / Blue Canadian Rockies / Lonely River / South Of The Border / Ridin' Down The Canyon
01/1998 CD EASYDISC CD-7055 (US) YODEL THE COWBOY WAY WITH RIDERS IN THE SKY - That's How The Yodel Was Born / Here Comes The Santa Fe / Cowpoke / Riding The Winds Of The West / Back In The Saddle Again / Blue Montana Skies / Singing A Song To The Sky / The First Cowboy Song / The Yodel Blues / When The Bloom Is On The Sage / At The End Of The Rainbow Trail / Desert Serenade
07/1998 CD ROUNDER CD-430 (US) A GREAT BIG WESTERN HOWDY! FROM RIDERS IN THE SKY - Wah-Hoo / A Hundred And Sixty Acres / Cherokee / Autumn On The Trail / The Ballad Of Palindrome (with Johnny WESTERN) / Cowboy Camp Meetin' / The Arms Of My Love / Cimarron Moon / The Sidekick Jig / A Border Romance / One More Ride (with Marty STUART) / He Walks With The Wild And The Lonely
10/1999 CD ROUNDER CD-0445 (US) CHRISTMAS THE COWBOY WAY - Corn, Water And Wood / Let It Snow (The Last Christmas Medley You'll Ever Need To Hear) / The Christmas Yodel / Sidemeat's Christmas Stew / The Prairie Dog Christmas Ball / The Friendly Beasts / Virgen Maria / I'll Be Home For Christmas / An Old Fashioned Christmas Polka / The Twelve Days Of Christmas / Just Put A Ribbon In Your Hair / O Come, O Come Emmanuel
08/2000 CD WALT DISNEY 60676-7 (US) WOODY'S ROUNDUP - A ROOTIN' TOOTIN' COLLECTION OF WOODY'S FAVORITE SONGS - Woody's Roundup / Act Naturally / Jesse The Yodeling Cowgirl / The Ballad Of Bullseye / You've Got A Friend In Me / Hey Howdy Hey / My Favorite Toys / How Does She Yodel / The Prospector Polka / You've Got A Friend In Me (instr.) / One, Two, Three Said The Prospector / Home On The Range / To Infinity And Beyond
2000 CD ROUNDER 11661- 8011-2 (US) SADDLE PALS - Yippie-Yi-Yo And Away We Go / The Old Chisholm Trail / Get Along Little Dogies / Biscuit Blues / Sweet Betsy From Pike / There's A Great Big Candy Roundup / I'm Going To Leave Old Texas Now / The Cowboy's ABCs / Clementine / "One, Two, Three, " Said The Miner / Fiddle Medley / Down The Lullabye Trail
02/2002 CD OH BOY 22 (US) A PAIR OF KINGS - We're Burnin' Moonlight / Clarinet Polka / You Stole My Wife You Horsethief / How High The Moon / Texas Sand / Celtic Medley: Annie Laurie - Scotland The Brave - Haste To The Wedding / I'm An Old Cowhand (From The Rio Grande) / Jessie Polka / Never Go To Church On Sunday / The Bunkhouse Race / Don't Sweetheart Me / Katherine's Waltz
08/2002 CD WALT DISNEY 60789-7 (US) MONSTERS, INC. - SCREAM FACTORY FAVORITES - If I Didn't Have You / Do Wah Diddy Diddy / I Only Have Eye For You / Monsters, Inc. March / Monster ABCs / Lullaby For Boo (with Sonya ISAACS) / If I Didn't Have You [instr.) / It's Our Job / Paperwork (Roz's Song) / Monsters' Jubilee / Under The Bed / The Perfect Roar (Sulley's Song) / Big High Wire Hop [instr.]
2002 CD Riders In The Sky TRRITS-001 (US)

Ridin' The Tweetsie Railroad - Tweetsie Railroad Line / New River Train / Casey Jones / Great Northern / Rock Island Line; I've Been Working On The Railroad; Here Comes The Santa Fe; Railroad Corral; Tweetsie Junction; Orange Blossom Special; Ghost Train; Way Out There; Wabash Cannonball

11/2003 2 CD ACOUSTIC DISC ACD-55 (US) SILVER JUBILEE :
CD 1 : Texas Plains / Cool Water / Back In The Saddle Again / Compadres In The Old Sierra Madres / Sidekick Heaven / Blue Bonnet Lady / (Ghost) Riders In The Sky / The Line Rider / We're Burnin' Moonlight / Phantom Of The Chuckwagon / La Malaguena / Here Comes The Santa Fe / The Arms Of My Love / Salting Of The Slug / Way Out There / Tumbling Tumbleweeds
CD 2 : Ride Cowboy Ride / Ringo / The Biscuit Blues / Lonely Yukon Stars / That's How The Yodel Was Born / Woody's Roundup / Reincarnation - Sundown In Santa Fe / My Oklahoma / Wahoo (live) / Early Autumn (live) / Rawhide (live) / You're Wearing Out Your Welcome Matt (live) / Questions (live) / There's A Blue Sky Way Out Yonder (live) / Riders Radio Theater Medley - So Long Saddle Pals (live) / The Cowboy Way (live)
08/2004 CD ROUNDER 11661-8123-2 (US) RIDERS IN THE SKY PRESENTS DAVY CROCKETT, KING OF THE WILD FRONTIER - The Ballad Of Davy Crockett / Be Sure You're Right, And Then Go Ahead / King Of The River / Heading For Texas / Old Betsy / The Grinning Tale / Colonel Crockett's Speech To Congress / Remember The Alamo / Farewell
07/2007 CD ROUNDER 0593 (US) PUBLIC COWBOY #1: THE MUSIC OF GENE AUTRY - Back In The Saddle Again / Sioux City Sue / Mexicali Rose / You Are My Sunshine / Have I Told You Lately That I Love You / Can't Shake The Sands Of Texas From My Shoes / That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine / Be Honest With Me / Blue Canadian Rockies / Lonely River / South Of The Border / Ridin' Down The Canyon / Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle / The Last Roundup / Riders In The Sky (A Cowboy Legend) / Tumbling Tumbleweeds
09/2009 CD ROUNDER 11661-0643-2 (US)

Ghost Riders in the Sky - Essential Recordings - Jingle Jangle Jingle / Tumbling Tumbleweeds / Don't Fence Me / Cattle Call / Ghost Riders In The Sky / Streets Of Laredo / Red River Valley / Rawhide / Back In The Saddle Again / Home On The Range

2009 CD Nashville Symphony 15209 (US)

Lassoed Live At The Schermerhorn - Riders In the Sky Overture : Lonely Yukon Stars - The Line Rider - Blue Bonnet Lady - Jessie The Yodeling Cowgirl - The Prospector Polka - To Infinity And Beyond - Blue Montana Skies / Ride Cowboy Ride / Cool Water / Yellow Rose Of Texas / The Arms Of My Love / South Of The Border / Woody's Roundup Medley : Woody's Roundup - Jessie The Yodeling Cowgirl - The Ballad Of Bullseye - Act Naturally - The Prospector Polka - To Infinity And Beyond - You've Got A Friend In Me / Back In The Saddle Again / Rawhide / Lonely Yukon Stars / (Ghost) Riders In The Sky / Happy Trails / Tumbling Tumbleweeds

08/2011 CD Riders Radio RRR 1002 (US)

The Land Beyond The Sun - The Land Beyond The Sun / Song Of The Trail / The King's Highway / There's A Gold Mine In The Sky / This Ole House / River Of Mystery / Saddle Up / The Mystery Of His Way / Cowboy Camp Meeting / He Walks With The Wild And The Lonely / There's A Blue Sky Way Out Yonder / Lord, You Made The Cowboy Happy / The Stingy Congregation

09/2012 CD Cracker Barrel 406455 (US)

America’s Favorite Cowboy Songs - Back In The Saddle Again / Cool Water / I Ride An Old Paint / Red River Valley / Buffalo Gals - Bear Creek Hop / Streets Of Laredo / How Does He Yodel? / Tumbling Tumbleweeds / Home On The Range / The Old Chisholm Trail / The Strawberry Roan / (Ghost) Riders In The Sky / Woody's Roundup

05/2013 CD Riders Radio RRR 1003 (US)

Home On The Range - RIDERS IN THE SKY / Wilford Brimley - Home On The Range / Fraulein / Won't You Ride In My Little Red Wagon / I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen / Roly Poly / That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine / Rosetta / Put Me In Your Pocket / Across The Alley From The Alamo / Danny Boy / Keeper Of My Heart / I'd Like To Be In Texas, For The Roundup In The Spring

02/2016 CD Riders Radio RRR 1005 (US)

Riders in the Sky Salute Roy Rogers - King Of The Cowboys - A Gay Ranchero / Blue Shadows On The Trail / Skyball Paint / My Adobe Hacienda / Pecos Bill / Don't Fence Me In / Roll On Texas Moon / Hawaiian Cowboy / Lights Of Old Santa Fe / Hadie Brown / Let Us Now Praise Gabby Hayes / Yellow Rose Of Texas / Along The Navajo Trail / Happy Trails (To You)

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???? LP 12" Musical Marketing 203015X (US) RIDERS IN THE SKY - Pecos Bill / Tumblin' Tumbleweed / Singing A Song To The Sky / Streets Of Laredo (The Cowboys Lament) / La Cucaracha / West Texas Cowboy / Cool Water / Wasteland / Bound To Hit That Hill / How The Yodel Was Born

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