Three on the Trail

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Three on the Trail
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Studio album by
Released1979 [1]
Recorded1979
Genre Western
Length30:08
Label Rounder
Producer Russ Miller
Riders in the Sky chronology
Three on the Trail
(1979)
Cowboy Jubilee
(1981)
Professional ratings
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Three on the Trail is the debut studio album by the Western band Riders in the Sky, released in 1979 by Rounder Records Group.

Western music is a form of country and hillbilly music composed by and about the people who settled and worked throughout the Western United States and Western Canada. Western music celebrates the life of the cowboy on the open ranges, Rocky Mountains, and prairies of Western North America. Directly related musically to old English, Irish, Scottish, and folk ballads, also the Mexican folk music of Northern Mexico and Southwestern United States influenced the development of this genre, particularly corrido, ranchera, New Mexico and Tejano. Western music shares similar roots with Appalachian music, which developed around the same time throughout Appalachia and the Appalachian Mountains. The music industry of the mid-20th century grouped the two genres together under the banner of country and western music, later amalgamated into the modern name, country music.

Riders in the Sky (band) American Western music and comedy group

Riders in the Sky is an American Western music and comedy group which began performing in 1977. Their family-friendly style also appeals to children, and they are sometimes considered a children's band, though their format does not appeal exclusively to children. They have won two Grammy Awards and have written and performed music for major motion pictures, including "Woody's Roundup" from Toy Story 2 and Pixar's short film, For the Birds.

Rounder Records American record label

Rounder Records is an American record label specializing in folk, bluegrass, blues, and other forms of American roots music. Its roster includes Alison Krauss and Union Station, Béla Fleck, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, and Steep Canyon Rangers. Rounder's musicians have won over 40 Grammy Awards since the label's inception in 1970. The company also maintains book and video divisions.

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Riders in the Sky specializes in Western singing in the style of the Sons of the Pioneers; the Riders became one of Rounder's most popular groups for their vocals and good humor.

Sons of the Pioneers

The Sons of the Pioneers are one of the United States' earliest Western singing groups. Known for their vocal performances, their musicianship, and their songwriting, they produced innovative recordings that have inspired many Western music performers and remained popular through the years. Since 1933, through many changes in membership, the Sons of the Pioneers have remained one of the longest-surviving country music vocal groups.

Track listing

  1. "Three on the Trail" (Douglas B. Green) – 1:57
  2. "Riders in the Sky" (Stan Jones) – 3:15
  3. "That's How the Yodel Was Born" (Green) – 3:15
  4. "Don't Fence Me In" (Cole Porter) – 2:35
  5. "Blue Montana Skies" (Green) – 3:26
  6. "When Payday Rolls Around" (Bob Nolan) – 1:47
  7. "Cowboy Song" (Paul Chrisman) – 3:03
  8. "Skyball Paint" (Nolan) – 1:29
  9. "Blue Bonnet Lady" (Chrisman) – 2:50
  10. "Cielito Lindo" (Traditional) – 1:59
  11. "Here Comes the Santa Fe" (Green) – 3:09
  12. "So Long Saddle Pals" (Chrisman) – 1:23

Personnel

Douglas B. Green American singer and musician

Douglas B. Green, better known by his stage name Ranger Doug, is an American musician, arranger, award-winning Western music songwriter, and Grand Ole Opry member best known for his work with Western music and the group Riders in the Sky in which he plays guitar and sings lead and baritone vocals. He is also an exceptionally accomplished yodeler. With the Riders, he is billed as "Ranger Doug — The Idol of American Youth" and "Governor of the Great State of Rhythm".

Fred LaBour American musician

Frederick "Fred" LaBour, better known by his stage name Too Slim, is a Grammy award-winning American musician, best known for his work with the Western swing musical and comedy group Riders in the Sky.

Paul Worley is an American record producer and session guitarist, known primarily for his work in country music. Formerly a vice president at Sony BMG, he later joined the staff of Warner Bros. Records' Nashville division as chief creative officer. Since leaving Warner in the early 2000s, Worley has worked mainly as a record producer for other acts, such as Big & Rich, as well as an occasional session guitarist. He is most widely known as the co- producer of the self-titled debut album of Lady Antebellum (2008) and as one of the producers of their second album, Need You Now (2010). He also discovered the Dixie Chicks and, with Blake Chancey, co-produced their first two albums.

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