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Album Review

As they get older, Riders in the Sky sound more accomplished and, more importantly, they sound more sincere. Like any of the group's albums, Always Drink Upstream from the Herd combines standards with original material, but what makes it noteworthy is that sincerity — they still make jokes, but they can deliver the material more gracefully and skillfully than ever before, making it one of their most enjoyable efforts.


Formed: 1977 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

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 Pioneers, Roy 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...
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