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Riders in the Sky saddle up for Tweetsie

Article Published: Aug. 1, 2013 | Modified: Aug. 12, 2013
Riders in the Sky saddle up for Tweetsie

Ranger Doug, ‘Idol of American Youth;’ Woody Paul, ‘King of the Cowboy Fiddlers;’ Too Slim, ‘A
Man Aging Like Fine Cheese;’ and Joey, ‘The Cow Polka King,’ are Riders in the Sky, and they’re
saddling up for performances Aug. 10 to 11 at Tweetsie Railroad.

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The Blue Ridge Mountains will come alive this August with an entertaining blend of Western harmony and comedy at Tweetsie Railroad.

Riders in the Sky will take the stage Aug. 10 to 11 to perform “The Cowboy Way” at North Carolina’s first theme park.

Since 1977, the multiple Grammy Award-winning quartet has brought acoustic music and a wide repertoire of comedy, “delivering entertainment guaranteed to entertain listeners of all ages and all musical preferences,” according to Tweetsie Railroad.

Ranger Doug, “Idol of American Youth;” Woody Paul, “King of the Cowboy Fiddlers;” Too Slim, “A Man Aging Like Fine Cheese;” and Joey, “The Cow Polka King,” have enchanted audiences with songs full of rich American tradition. Legendary cowboy singers, such as Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers, provided the inspiration to this celebrated cowboy band.

Riders in the Sky will perform daily at noon and 3 p.m. at Tweetsie Railroad.

According to Tweetise, “Once the quartet starts singing, (park) visitors are mesmerized by the harmony of the musical cowboys.”

The group will perform songs, like “Woody’s Roundup,” its Grammy-winning song from the movie, “Toy Story 2,” as well as traditional Western favorites and original Tweetsie-themed music from their 2002 CD, “Ridin’ the Tweetsie Railroad.”

Tweetsie Railroad will be open seven days a week through Aug. 18. The park returns to the weekend schedule from Aug. 19 through Nov. 3, including Labor Day Monday. The 2013 season ends Sunday, Nov. 3. The park’s regular hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Daily admission to Tweetsie Railroad is $37 for adults and $23 for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and younger are admitted free.

The Ghost Train Halloween Festival will take place Friday and Saturday nights Sept. 27 through Nov. 2, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., when admission is $28 for adults and children.

Tickets and Golden Rail Season Passes are available at

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