Riders in the Sky return to Tweetsie

Article Published: Jul. 28, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Riders in the Sky return to Tweetsie

Riders in the Sky will pull into North Carolina's first theme park Aug. 6 and 7 to entertain "The Cowboy Way" and light up the Tweetsie Railroad stage with their unique blend of Western harmony and comedy.

Ranger Doug, "Idol of American Youth," Woody Paul, "King of the Cowboy Fiddlers," Too Slim and Joey, "The Cow Polka King," have captivated audiences since 1977 with songs full of rich American tradition like those of legendary cowboy singers Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Sons of the Pioneers.
The multi-Grammy-winning quartet brings acoustical music and a wide repertoire of comedy.

Riders in the Sky will perform daily at noon and 3 p.m. at Tweetsie Railroad. The quartet will entertain audiences with 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.

After singing "The Cowboy Way" with Riders in the Sky, experience all the activities Tweetsie Railroad offers, including the Wild West train adventure, amusement rides, the Deer Park Zoo, Miner's Mountain and live entertainment for all ages, including the famed Diamond Lil's Can-Can Revue in the Tweetsie Palace.

Tweetsie Railroad will be open seven days a week through Aug. 21, returning to the weekend schedule (open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) from Aug. 26 through Oct. 30, including Labor Day Monday.

The 2011 season ends Sunday, Oct. 30. The park's regular hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but will be open from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights Sept. 30 through Oct. 29 for the Ghost Train Halloween Festival.

Daily admission is $34 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. 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock. For more information about the 2011 season at Tweetsie Railroad, visit Tweetsie.com.

About the Riders

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."

Riders in the Sky recently released its first LIVE in Concert DVD. See a preview at
Riders in the Sky was named Western Music Group of the Year at the 2006 Academy of Western Artists 2006 Will Rogers Awards.

Riders in the Sky has 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 "Walt Disney Records' Monsters Inc. - Scream Factory Favorites."

Riders in the Sky performing group member Joey Miskulin produced the music for the Pixar short, "Boundin'," which received recognition with a 2004 Oscar nomination in the Short Film (Animated) category.

Riders in the Sky is credited with more than 6,000 shows, 300 national TV appearances, 203 public radio shows, nearly 700 Grand Ole Opry appearances, more than 3 million miles on the road, three television series and 35 albums.

Riders in the Sky recorded original Tweetsie Railroad-themed music on the 2002 CD, "Ridin' the Tweetsie Railroad."

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