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Grammy Award-Winning Classic Cowboy Quartet Riders In The Sky to Perform at Tweetsie Aug. 18-19

Aug. 17, 2012. The Blue Ridge Mountains will come alive this August with a unique blend of Western harmony and comedy at Tweetsie Railroad. Riders In The Sky, America’s Favorite Cowboys, will light up the stage at North Carolina’s first theme park August 18-19 to perform “The Cowboy Way.”

Since 1977, the multi Grammy award-winning quartet has brought refreshing acoustical music and a wide repertoire with outrageous comedy, delivering entertainment guaranteed to bring pleasure to listeners of all ages and musical preferences. Ranger Doug, “Idol of American Youth,” Woody Paul, “King of the Cowboy Fiddlers,” Too Slim, and Joey, “The Cow Polka King,” have enchanted audiences with songs full of rich American tradition like those of legendary cowboy singers such as Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Sons of the Pioneers.

Riders In The Sky will perform daily at noon and 3 p.m. at Tweetsie Railroad. Once the quartet starts singing, Tweetsie visitors are mesmerized by the sweet southern sounds of the singing cowboys. The quartet will perform songs like “Woody’s Roundup,” their Grammy-winning song from the movie Toy Story 2, as well as traditional Western favorites and even songs inspired by Tweetsie Railroad.

Fun Facts About Riders In The Sky:

  • Last summer, Riders In The Sky released their first album of inspirational tunes, Land Beyond The Sun.
  • In 2011, the members of Riders In The Sky were presented with the “Cowboy Keeper Award,” which recognizes individuals whose work helps to save Western history and cowboy culture, from the National Day of the Cowboy.
  • Riders In The Sky’s Too Slim and Texas Bix Bender’s wrote a comical new book, “The Official Sidekick Handbook: How to Unleash Your Inner Second Banana and Find True Happiness.”
  • In 2010, Riders In The Sky released their first LIVE in Concert DVD. See a preview here: http://www.youtube.com/user/RidersInTheSkyVideos#p/a/f/2/t_kVE0NuAZQ
  • Riders In The Sky have received much national acclaim, including a Grammy in 2001 for Best Musical Album for Children with Woody’s Roundup featuring Riders In The Sky, and again in 2003 for their album, Walt Disney Record’s Monsters Inc. – Scream Factory Favorites.
  • Riders In The Sky performing group member Joey Miskulin produced the music for the Pixar film “Boundin,” which received recognition with a 2004 Oscar nomination in the Short Film (Animated) category.
  • Riders In The Sky are credited with more than 6,000 shows, 300 national TV appearances, 203 public radio shows, nearly 700 Grand Ole Opry appearances, over 3 million miles on the road, three television series and 35 albums.
  • Riders In The Sky recorded original Tweetsie Railroad-themed music on their 2002 CD Ridin’ the Tweetsie Railroad.

After singing “The Cowboy Way” with Riders In The Sky, experience all Tweetsie Railroad has to offer including the Wild West train adventure, the Deer Park Zoo, amusement rides, Miner’s Mountain and live entertainment for all ages including the famed Diamond Lil’s Can-Can Revue in the Tweetsie Palace.

Tweetsie Railroad is open seven days a week through August 19, returning to the weekend schedule (open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) from August 24 through October 28, including Labor Day Monday. The 2012 season ends Sunday, October 28. The park’s regular hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but will be open from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights September 28 through October 27 for the Ghost Train® Halloween Festival. Daily admission is $35 for adults and $22 for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and under are admitted free. Print at home tickets and Golden Rail Season Passes are available at Tweetsie.com.

Tweetsie Railroad is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains on U.S. Highway 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina. For more information about the 2012 season at Tweetsie Railroad, visit Tweetsie.com or call 877-TWEETSIE (877-893-3874). Find Tweetsie on Facebook or follow Tweetsie on Twitter @TweetsieRR.