Last updated: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
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OJ Sikes has joined www.earsradio.com with the Western Music Time program:
Fridays: 6:00am - 8:00am EST
5:00pm t 7:00pm EST
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 Nolan was born in Winnipeg and the remainder of his ashes will be buried here.
Ken Griffis Original Interviews with the Sons of the Pioneers
Please visit my store to see the interviews as I am able to place them on the site. Thank you for your interest. My phone number is 765-348-3343 should you wish to talk with me about anything in the store. (Jim Kleist)
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
Marvin O'Dell and his "Around the
Campfire" programm is scheduled 2 times a week now:
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
DURANGO IN DECEMBER - Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will air five Durango Kid films in December. One will air each Saturday morning at 10:45 a.m. I assume Eastern Standard Time. Here's the schedule: 12/15 - BOTH BARRELS BLAZING (1945); 12/22 - BLAZING THE WESTERN TRAIL (1945); 12/29 - STREETS OF GHOST TOWN (1950). Look forward to seeing Charles Starrett as Durango in December. The first film features the Sons of the Pioneers! Blazing the Western Trail features Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys. The last film features Ozie waters & his Colo Rangers.
PBS History Detective PROGRAM on Tumbling Tumbleweeds will air on Tues.
April 2 2012 8PM (Pacific) 7PM (Central)
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
WQKR Musical Memories and Magical Moments (host Dutch Maris)
Spirit of the West with host, Hugh McLennan.
Radio / internet broadcasts from his September 9 and October 14, 2006, Bob Nolan tribute programs. Excerpts from Hugh's programs
VARIOUS NEW RECORDINGS / DVDs
"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.
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 at http://cdbaby.com/cd/richflanders2
. 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
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. Available from the British Archive of Country Music
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)
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.