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Sons of the Pioneers tumble into Webb Center

Posted 11/3/23

Sons of the Pioneers will perform in Wickenburg in December.

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Sons of the Pioneers tumble into Webb Center


Sons of the Pioneers will perform 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts in Wickenburg, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Road.

For decades, the western singing group has musically painted images and stories of faithful horses, headstrong cattle, tough cowboys, refreshing water, peaceful canyons and expansive prairies.

First started by Roy Rogers and the gifted songwriters Bob Nolan and Tim Spencer in 1934, the group garnered national and international fans through appearances in almost 100 western films during the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s.

The current group’s configuration is part of a continuous and uninterrupted 89-year legacy. The group has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Western Music Association Hall of Fame and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, among others. The Smithsonian Institute named them a “National Treasure.”

The Pioneers are known for their three and four part harmonies. According to their “trail boss” Tommy Nallie, who joined the group in the 1980s, “Every concert is pure cowboy music packed with our timeless hits, solid western swing and a good measure of comedy and banter. Each of the five members share the vocals and instrumentals.”

Part of the hallmark sound comes from their acoustic fiddles, mandolin, upright bass and lead and rhythm guitars.

The group provided songs for several John Ford westerns including the soundtrack for “The Searchers” starring John Wayne.

When television came along they regularly appeared on the “Roy Rogers Show.” Additionally, Walt Disney called upon the Pioneers to supply the soundtrack for the film “Pecos Bill.” They were the first cowboy musical group to perform at Carnegie Hall and the first to headline in Las Vegas casinos.

Tickets for the matinee concert start at $30 for adults; $5 tickets are available for students age 18 and younger.

Visit dewpac.org or call 928-684-6624 to reserve seats.