This week marks the 30th anniversary since they joined the Grand Ole Opry. The now-iconic group became members on June 19, 1982. They were the first act that performed only Western music to be inducted into the Opry. To commemorate the anniversary, there will be several special events this week. Riders In The Sky will be performing at the Opry three times this week. The first performance was Saturday, June 16. They will also perform on June 19 and June 22.
Riders In The Sky will also be signing autographs Tuesday, June 19, at 5:30 p.m.inside the Opry Shop at the Grand Ole Opry House. The event is free to attend.
The Riders In The Sky did their first official performance as a group in a Nashville club in 1977. According to their biography, they only played for a crowd of eight or nine people on that November night. The popularity of their cowboy sound and their CD led to their Opry induction in 1982. They have performed in all 50 states and 10 countries, amassing a total of more than 6,000 concerts.
In the last decade, Riders In The Sky have continued to be relevent. They brought their sound to a whole new generation when they performed “Woody’s Round Up” in Toy Story 2. “Ranger Doug’s Classic Cowboy Corral” debuted on Sirius XM radio in 2006. It is still broadcast weekly.