The Sons of the Pioneers practically own the word ‘legendary!’ Their Branson performances are treasured by visitors and residents alike, and their songs define the genre of Western music. Two of their iconic songs are in the Grammy Hall of Fame - “Tumbling Tumbleweed” and “Cool Water,” and they’ve been playing music for more than 70 years. Throughout the decades, the Sons of the Pioneers has boasted members who were also famous singers and actors, including founding member, Roy Rogers, as well as Tex Ritter (father of late actor, John Ritter,) and Gene Autry. The present day line-up features Tommy Nallie as the Trail Boss - the curator of the Pioneers’ sound; he plays bass, yodels, and provides both solo and harmony vocals. Ken Lattimore sings tenor and plays fiddle solos, John Fullerton handles the baritone singing and plays rhythm guitar, and Paul Elliott plays first fiddle. Handling the emcee duties and singing lead is none other than Roy Roger’s talented son, Dusty Rogers - the resemblance to his legendary father is unmistakable!
The music of the Sons of the Pioneers has been performed by other huge music stars, including Elvis Presley, Marty Robbins, Bing Crosby, Johnny Cash, and even the Blues Brothers. Other songs made famous by the Sons of the Pioneers include “(Ghost) Riders in the Sky,” “Blue Prairie,” “Way Out There,” and “Empty Saddles.” Their prolific music, longevity, and immense popularity has helped rack up accolades and awards for the Sons of the Pioneers. In addition to their Grammy Hall of Fame songs, they’ve received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, have been inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame, the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. They’ve received the Golden Boot Award, given for their contribution to western television and movies, and the Academy of Country Music’s Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award. One of their most impressive acknowledgements was being proclaimed a Smithsonian National Treasure! Their music is so indelible and timeless, you’ll still hear their decades-old songs used in television commercials, as well as in soundtracks for Hollywood movies and television programs.
Helpful Hints/Additional Information
- The Sons of the Pioneers perform at the Shepherd of the Hills.
- The show is located at 5586 West Highway 76.
- The show appears during September and October, Tuesday through Saturday. Dinner bell rings at 4:15PM, and the show begins at 5:00PM. Not all dates are included in this performance schedule, so check in advance of your visit.
- Dinner menu: Maple Glazed Smoked Turkey Breast - BBQ Peppered Pulled Pork - Baked Beans - Fire Roasted Ear of Corn - Dinner Roll with Butter - Dutch Oven Crumb Top Cobbler - Choice of Beverage
- There is special seating available for guests with disabilities.
- The Sons of the Pioneers is a family-friendly show that’s suitable for all ages.
You’d have to search far and wide to find another group that’s been delighting audiences for more than seven decades...but you only have to look as far as Branson to find the wonderful, funny, talented group of world-famous handsome harmonizers known as the Sons of the Pioneers!