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Sons Of The Pioneers

Sons Of The Pioneers Sing The True Western Way…

This great western musical group that stood behind one the most famous “Singing Cowboy’ his name probably isn’t that well know but it was Leonard Slye AKA ” Roy Rogers “. The original group was Bob Nolan, Hugn Farr, Karl Farr and Tim Spencer. Roy Rogers and the Western Music that he played on his many movies went down in history and was played over the radio for decades. Bob and Tim wrote much of the original music and those tunes and many more can still be heard here in Branson, Missouri.

This legendary group of western musicians are on the Smithsonian Institure list of National Treasures and they have over 3,000 compositions and are inducted into the Western Music Association National Cowboy and Singing Cowboy Halls of Fame and are recorded as the longest continuous performing group of all time.

They can now he seen at their Dinner/Music show at the Shepherd of the Hills Sons of the Pioneers3 Pavilion Theater in Branson.

Sons Of The Pioneers – Country Legends is a CD Album available by RCA and features these songs along with others.Cool Water, Room Full of Roses, Baby Doll, Cigareetes whusky and Wild Wild Women, Riders in the Sky, Teardrops in my Heart, Wind, Tumbling tumbleweeds, Pins and Needles, Grievin my Heart out for you, Blue Shadows on the Train (With Roy Rogers, Old Man Atom, Diesel Smoke, (Don’t Your Conscience Ever Bother You) Hang Your Head in Shame, South in my Soul (Farr Brothers) and Farr-away Blues (The Farr Brothers. Sons of the Pioneers/Roy Rogers Sons of the Pioneers Website


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Branson All Shows Up and Running

We have seen the spring blossoms come and wither and the leaves are out and the spring show starts are all opening on schedule.

Being we live in the Branson area we try to take advantage of shows that offer area appreciation schedules. They offer them usually in the beginning and ending of the show season when the they like to show lots of people in attendance and there are less tourists in town.

This is a win for us and for them as all locals are good ambassadors. Different shows have different charges for the appreciation shows some charge $5 others maybe $7-15. A few have even asked for food stuff contributions for the local food shelf as payment.

So far we have bought appreciation tickets for Grand Countries morning show called Down Home Country plus the evening show called The Grand Jubilee followed by the Friday late night show called Branson Country USA.

The late show is a combination show that is recorded live for radio and TV. This is only a one hour show but there are four intermissions in the taping and they offer great comedy and music between taping sessions. These 3 shows are all just great even though in prior years we have had season tickets at the Grand Country so we have seen them multi times in prior years.

A few weeks ago we went to the Hughes Brothers Theater and saw the show called “It”. It features the 5 Hughes Brothers and their complete families. I believe this year there were 30 of their children on stage doing everything from dance, vocals, instruments, comedy etc.

My wife Marilyn and I volunteered at this theater some years ago for another star and knew the Theater and The Hughes Brothers personally.

If you like family entertainment it doesn’t get any bigger of better than the “It” show.

Last week we went to the presleys show. They have had a family show it seems like forever. They built a new theater and had the first show on the 76 Music Blvd. This show has the best comedy in Branson and almost of those on stage are related to the presley original family.

A couple days ago we went to the beautiful Sight and Sound Theater. This year they are presenting the Bible story of Moses. This Theater only does Bible stories and last year they did Jonah and the year before Noah. These shows are complete with period dress and live animals and the stage itself is huge, like and acre, and it wraps around both sides about half way back along the seating.

Last Sunday afternoon we had some free time so we went to Silver Dollar City. If you are not familiar with Silver Dollar City it is the premier entertainment center in the area. It is a theme park that has at least 6 theaters all running different shows back to back all day.

They have about 5-6 different themes during ending with the greatest Christmas season  experience anywhere in the world. When we went it was a theme called International World Fest and there were shows by folks from Trinidad, Poland, Ireland,  Ecuador, Chech. Republic, the Island Fire group from the South Pacific Islands area and a music/gymnastic group called “Zuma Zuma” from Africa.

If you have always wanted to see the International World Fest theme you have only until the end of April 2016 as after 23 years it is in it’s last year.

For the kids or kids at heart there are tons of wild rides. They have about 5-6 roller coasters one that shoots the cars off with a powder charge and you go from 0-50 miles an hour in about 5 seconds. Their new ride this year is the all new world largest all wooden roller coaster.

Last year they added a fire fighter area with a wild ride that shoots you up from the ground to about 100 feet in seconds.

We always buy annual passes to Silver Dollar City and we try to get out there during each theme time.

And last but not least Marilyn and I sing in our church choir at the Piece Lutheran Church. Our choir director is working this season as a band member for a show called “Patsy Cline and Friends”. CJ Newsom sings the Patsy Cline songs that we all love so much. The costumes were magnificent and the band was great also. Of course we are a little prejudiced because our friend and choir leader Mr. Jim Goldapp is a band member. He plays several different instruments during the show and as he was an instrument instructor for many years. We were guests of Jim and his wife Gayle Goldapp for the evening.

Being we were at Silver Dollar City only Sunday afternoon we only got to see about half of the shows and we plan going out their again this Sunday afternoon and see the rest of the shows. We are to old and fragile so we don’t go on any rides.

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