'Riders' Galloping Into Homer for Thursday Show

Marcia Lynn

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     'Riders In The Sky,' a group of four seasoned cowboy performers well known for their wit, humor and musical talents will be doing shows in Seldovia and Homer this week.  
     You may know Woody Paul, Ranger Doug, Joey and Too Slim from their popular radio show that’s aired on public radio station far and wide.  Homer resident Willy Dunn said listening to 'Riders In The Sky' with his daughter was a Saturday morning ritual for many years when it aired on KBBI.
     The group has been entertaining audiences on radio, stage and TV for more than 30 years.  In fact, one of the 30th anniversary milestones listed on the Riders’ website is how many times they’ve said the famous line “It’s the Cowboy Way!”
     The group travels extensively and has visited all 50 states and 11 countries.  Performances on the Southern Kenai Peninsula are part of their Alaska tour.
     When the group arrives it will immediately head across Kachemak Bay to do a show in Seldovia according to Gail Edgerly, Director of Homer Council on the Arts which is sponsoring their visit.  
     The cowboys are also songwriters with credits that include the music for the popular animated children’s movie "Toy Story 2."  Their live show is kid friendly, but Dunn says the material can get a bit edgy even laced with political satire.  And he says people can expect to leave the show laughing.
     'Riders In The Sky' will perform Tuesday night in Seldovia and on Thursday night, starting at 7 p.m. in Homer’s Mariner Theater.

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