Sons of the Pioneers

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead,
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Sons of the Pioneers
Detail The show lasts approximately 2 hours.
Detail Appropriate for All Ages
Detail Handicap Seating Options Available: Wheelchair Seating, Aisle Seating, Limited / No Stairs Seating
Detail Both Cameras and Video Cameras are Permitted
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Hear signature hits of the Sons of the Pioneers like "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" and "Cool Water" as this celebrated group of musicians give life to the legendary classics that set the standard for the country western genre during this music show performance.

Step out of the present, away from modern chaos and hassles of life, and into the "Old West" with the Sons of the Pioneers in Branson for this cowboy show that includes great entertainment that started with country legends from the past, such as Roy Rogers and Hugh Farr.

The atmosphere of the stage will open up, complete with tumbleweeds and cactus to mark the true nature of the Old West. All decked out in their cowboy gear, the Sons of the Pioneers will treat you to songs such as "Ghost Riders" and "Red River Valley." Music mixed with the perfect amount of comedy will make for an unforgettable show. The Branson Sons of the Pioneers' first full season was in 1985 and they're still going strong.

The Branson Sons of the Pioneers' first full season was in 1985 and they're still going strong. Their music has been featured in several Columbia Pictures films and they have recorded songs for John Ford's films Wagon Master and Rio Grande. With 36 years of consecutive performances the group has a record for longevity and maintain a current strong following.

All kinds of music lovers will enjoy these national treasures as they perform a wide range of music including ragtime, gospel, big band, western swing and Dixieland. So don't miss out on the opportunity to see the Old West at its best, with the Sons of the Pioneers. The show has been in Branson since the late 1980's and is known to sell out, so order your tickets well in advance.

Movies and Music

This talented group of musicians appeared in 87 films between 1935 and 1984 including Red River Valley, Home on the Range and The Yellow Rose of Texas. The Sons of the Pioneers eventually signed a deal with Columbia Pictures and their music was used in several films and TV shows. The popular "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" was featured in the Coen Brothers movie The Big Lebowski in 1998.

Awards and Accolades

The Sons of the Pioneers have collected a host of awards including:

  • Grammy Award for "Cool Water"
  • Grammy Award for "Tumbling Tumbleweeds"
  • Golden Boot Award by the Motion Picture and Television Fund
  • Pioneer Award from the Academy of Country Music
  • Smithsonian Institution's "National Treasure" Designation.

About the Performers

The original Sons of the Pioneers was created by Roy Rogers in 1934. Over the years, the members of the group have changed, but the theme remains the same. Currently, the group consists of Trail Boss Luther Nallie, who has been a member of the group for more than 40 years, tenor and exceptional fiddler Ken Lattimore, lead singer Randy Rudd who has been known to ensue laughter with his ad libs, Mark Abbott the experienced bassist and World Fiddle Champion Ricky Boen. 

Joining them for the 2pm matinee shows is champion fiddle player, Justin Branum. Branum is known for winning the National Fiddle Contest in 2008, the Texas State Fiddle Contest, and the Tennessee State Fiddle Contest. He also won the National Championship Fiddle Contest in 2010 and the Tennessee State Mandolin Contest. This star is sure to shine with the Sons of Pioneers, so don't miss out! For a great vacation, find similar things to do in the area!

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Anne Nelson
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"It was a great evening of music!"
It was a great evening of music! If you watch the western channel, this is the show to watch!
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Roseann H
Temecula California
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"Great show."
Great show. These guys can sing! Worth seeing again and again. Food could be better and chairs are cheap. I'd pay more for better food and seating. The show is worth the money plus some. Can't wait to go back and see it again. Randy rudd is the best!
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Janet Rush
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"The entertainment was FIRST CLASS!"
The entertainment was first class ! Food was excellent ! Was a beautiful experience and would highly recommend to others. We also had the opportunity to attend the dixie stampede. Was quite a show. They all work very hard to make sure everyone has a good time!
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Diane Davis Aka Gene's Daughter
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"I would recommend it highly. "
Fantastic! This was a great night of entertainment. The songs, comedy and cowboy poetry, as well as the dinner, made for a full evening of fun and entertainment. I would recommend it highly. It is great to see such a commitment to excellence. The sons of the pioneers are celebrating their 75th anniversary in 2009 - definitely a must see! Thank you guys for giving us an evening we will never forget!
Frequently Asked Questions for Sons of the Pioneers:
  • Approximately how long is the show?
    The show lasts approximately 2 hours.
  • In what theater is the show held?
    Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead, 5586 W. Hwy 76 Branson, MO
  • What type of parking do you have?
    Parking is free at the theater.

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