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On the big scale you can call this album Western music, but on individual cuts it throws you some curveballs. It has harmonies and rhythms reminiscent of the Sons of the Pioneers, and it also has stretches of country — and they sure can yodel. With the Irish-flavored "Sidekick Jig," and the beautiful "A Border Romance," and "One More Ride" being main highlights, Great Big Western Howdy! covers wide territory. Fine vocals are contributed by everyone, but enhanced by the addition of Marty Stuart's cowbilly voice. There is also some of the finest three-part yodeling to be heard. Then, as if this isn't enough, there is the absolutely smoking mandolin break contributed by Stuart, after a fine fiddle break contributed by Woody Paul. This is a great release for one and all.


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 1940s, particularly the work of the Sons of the Pioneers, Roy Rogers, and Gene Autry. During the 1980s and 1990s, the group was notable for its ability to attract fans both firmly within the country tradition (the Riders are members of the Grand...
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