The legendary “Sons of the Pioneers” performed at the Ellen Eccles Theater in downtown Logan on Monday.
LOGAN – When it comes to the Old West, if the legend contradicts reality, they say they go with the legend.
In the best of all possible worlds, however, the legend is reality and Son of the pioneers are both.
These famous cowboy troubadours performed live at Logan on Monday, delighting an almost packed hall of Western music fans at the downtown Ellen Eccles Theater.
The sextet’s repertoire here included many classic Western crowd-pleasing tunes, including their trademark “Tumbling Tumbleweeds”, “Ghost Riders in the Sky” and “Cool Water”. But these familiar songs were performed with innovative arrangements, skillful harmonies, and a hint of old-fashioned yodeling.
Thanks to Hollywood, the Son of the pioneers are synonymous with the golden age of Western films in the 1940s and 1950s, as their music featured in many period films. The audiences here were mostly local residents old enough to remember seeing these films in theaters and on old black and white TV screens.
The Son of the pioneers was founded in 1934 by Leonard Slye, who would later become famous as Roy Rogers, the King of the Singing Cowboys.
Although the original Son of the pioneers are long gone, the fame of the band continued to grow as replacement members were carefully selected.
Current band members include lead singer Roy “Dusty” Rogers, Jr., son of the beloved vocalist cowboy; lead guitarist Tommy Nallie; multi-talented tenor Ken Latimore, who plays guitar, violin and ukulele; rhythm guitarist and baritone John Fullerton; fiddler Paul Elliot; and Chuck Ervin on double bass.
In addition to a nostalgic trip to the past, the Son of the pioneers concert here was also a reminder that we are used to hearing western tunes more often than not accompanied by a single guitar. Hearing these songs performed by several instruments played by gifted musicians has been an eye opener on the rich heritage of Western music.
The Son of the pioneers The concert was part of the 2021-2022 national touring season planned by the Cache Valley Center for the Arts at the Elllen Eccles Theater.
CacheARTS is an independent, non-profit organization that promotes the use of state-owned cultural arts facilities in Cache Valley.
These facilities include the Ellen Eccles Theater, Thatcher-Young Mansion, and the Bullen Center.