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October 21, 2013

Legendary cowboy/western ensemble coming to Centerville

The world’s best known and best loved Cowboy sextet — Sons of the Pioneers — will gallop into town on Monday, Nov. 4 to sing their cowboy songs at the Simon Estes Auditorium. Their performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and is part of the Centerville Concert Association series.

A “Living Legend in their own time.” — The Sons of the Pioneers have become an American institution. Their unique harmonies and style have become the standard by which all other western singing groups are measured. The Sons of the Pioneers are known the world over for their special arrangements of the western song classics. Their 60 years of consecutive performances is a record in longevity.

To say their legacy looms large in popular music is an understatement. Regarded as the quintessential cowboy singing group, the Pioneers have been the blueprint for generations of musicians in Western music and beyond. The Eagles, The Osmond Brothers, The Lennon Sisters — even Elvis — have all paid tribute to the Pioneers.

Although such awards and adulation usually mark the twilight of a career, the most current incarnation of the Sons of the Pioneers (there have been 26 members total) shows no signs of slowing. They are wholly devoted to keeping the cowboy music legacy alive, because nothing less than the future of Western music is at stake.

Every song in their programs is a familiar western favorite — such as Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Cool Water, Ghost Riders In The Sky, Ragtime Cowboy Joe and Happy Trails — to name a few.

This is a great family show — six great singers/instrumentalists will entertain all ages — grandparents, bring your grandkids. Admission is by season membership, but single tickets will be available at the door for $15 Don’t miss the opportunity to see and hear the Sons of the Pioneers perform the music of the American west celebrating its people, its culture, its awesome landscape and the American Cowboy.

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