/Riders in the Sky mosey over to Troy University

Riders in the Sky mosey over to Troy University

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Kianna Collins

Staff Writer

 

The Riders in the Sky, an iconic Western Americana band, is bringing their comedic brand of music to Troy.

“The Riders in the Sky are America’s favorite cowboys,” John Jinright, associate professor of music, said. They’re from Nashville, Tenn., and perform at the Grand Ole Opry.

“Riders are comedians, whose wacky Western wit is an integral cornerstone of their live performances,” Jinright said.

Their musical styling follows that of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers.

Students will get a humorous and musical experience at the performance, and they might hear familiar tunes from the Toy Story movies.

The Riders are the only Western Americana act to win two Grammys. The members that comprise the Riders are a diverse group.

The members consist of a theoretical plasma physicist, a Polka Hall of Fame member, a wildlife manager and an English major who also is a shot-putter and a Bluegrass boy.

They have released over 30 albums over three decades and produced Grammy winning children’s albums. The child fans are called Saddle Pals.

Tickets for a normal performance by the Riders are up to three or four times more expensive than student tickets.

“Students have an incredible opportunity to see them,” Jinright said. “Students can also expect lots of laughs and great music.”

The performance is Oct. 10th at 7 p.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theater. There are a limited amount of free tickets available in Trojan Center 215, and, after that, general admission is $20 and student tickets are $5.