Two-time Grammy Award-winning comedy cowboys, Riders In The Sky, will ride into downtown Dahlonega for a 2016 show at the Holly Theater.
Riders In The Sky will brings its rare brand of comedy and music to delight cowboys and cowgirls of all ages and walks of life for two shows. Performances will be 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at 69 W. Main St., in Dahlonega.
Tickets are $20 to $35, depending on seat selection. They may be purchase by visiting www.hollytheater.org or calling 706-864-3759.
Guitarist Ranger Doug sings lead and baritone vocals. A yodeler, he is an award-winning Western music songwriter and a music historian whose 2002 book “Singing in the Saddle” was the first comprehensive look at the singing cowboy phenomenon that swept the country in the 1930s.
Upright “bunkhouse” bassist Too Slim was a janitor, industrial galvanizer, puppeteer, hay stacker, burlesque show emcee, sportswriter, wildlife manager and electric bassman before joining the group.
Woody Paul sings lead and tenor vocals. He gained early experience in country-western music by hanging out with Roy Acuff. When not playing his fiddle, he can entertain audiences with intricate rope tricks.
Accordionist Joey apprenticed with the late polka king Frank Yankovic and has recorded with everyone from Roy Rogers to U2, is also the Riders’ album producer and a licensed driver.
Riders have chalked up more than 6,100 concert appearances in all 50 states and 10 countries, appearing in venues from the Nashville National Guard Armory to Carnegie Hall and from county fairs to the Hollywood Bowl. They have been guests on countless TV specials, documentaries and variety shows, appearing with everyone from Barney to Penn & Teller.
In addition to penning award-winning songs for their own albums, they wrote the score for Pixar Animation’s 2002 Academy Award-winning short “For the Birds.” They also performed “Woody’s Round Up” in “Toy Story 2,” with the album of the same name garnering Riders their first Grammy Award in 2001 for “Best Musical Album for Children.”
Two years later, Riders roped a second Grammy in the same category, for “Monsters Inc. — Scream Factory Favorites,” the companion CD to Pixar’s award winning movie.