Sons Of The Pioneers At Grand Ole Opry Country Music Show - Nashville
The Sons of the Pioneers are legends in Western Music. One of the longest-lasting country vocal groups, the original Pioneers lineup began singing Western songs in 1933. Before the 1930s, “Western music” as we now know it was not recognized by most people, but that changed with the rise of cowboy stories in radio and film. Sons of the Pioneers were, well, “pioneers” of the genre. Founding members Roy Rogers, Bob Nolan, and Tim Spencer were the first Western singing groups to diverge from “sweetheart songs” sung by guitar-playing cowboys at the campfire. The trio began writing and singing songs about the West itself, both as a reality and the mythic concept of “The West,” the quintessential American frontier. Their songs about cowboys, horses, cattle drives, prairies, tall timber, and deep canyons made an impression on listeners across the country.