Occasionally, a live music event crops up in Shreveport-Bossier that is so unusual or quirky that I cannot help but spotlight it here at 20×49.com. In general, there’s always great live music happening somewhere in Shreveport-Bossier – check out the “Concerts” section at SBFunGuide.com for proof of that fact – but some shows just stand out as having special potential for magic to happen onstage.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, The Sons of the Pioneers will perform a free concert at the Open Range Fellowship in Greenwood – better known to many as “the cowboy church” – during Greenwood’s annual Pioneer Heritage Festival. The indoor show will begin at 7 p.m. 6:15 p.m. and admission is free. There’s lots more info on the concert here.

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An undated early photo of The Sons of the Pioneers

If ever there was a perfect setting in which to see the Sons of the Pioneers – a group of western balladeers who’ve been performing in one incarnation or another since 1934 – this is it, pardner. Not only are they performing at a festival dedicated to celebrating the pioneers who settled the region, they’ll be performing at a cowboy church, the Open Range Fellowship. One look at these guys, and you know they’re going to appreciate the unique setting for this show.

Add to that the fact that this group, who are best known for tunes like “Ghost Riders in the Sky,” “Cool Water” and “Tumblin’ Tumbleweeds,” are a living tribute to the kind of Western music-influenced variety show best personified by The Louisiana Hayride (which was broadcast from nearby Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, obvs) and you have yourself a recipe for a concert that could be really special.

You may be asking yourself how any band could be alive – much less still performing – since 1934. Well, as Wikipedia explains, they’ve had 46 members since being formed by Roy Rogers and friends. But now’s the time to see them. Currently, Roy “Dusty” Rogers, Jr. is touring with the band on lead vocals. How cool is that?

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This event is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts.

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