Friday, July 27

Riders in the Sky and Don Edwards celebrate the musical legacy of the Old West in Jacksonville at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 27.

Buckaroos and buckarettes of all ages should enjoy the Riders show, which both honors and gently pokes fun at the classic cowboy songs of the 1930s and 1940s, promoters promise. This summer’s tour pays special tribute to Gene Autry’s 100th birthday.

The Riders — Ranger Doug, Woody Paul, Too Slim, and Joey the CowPolka King — have performed together since 1977, giving more than 5,000 performances, traveling more than 3 million miles, and making 300 national TV appearances. The cowboy crew has its own radio show, had a Saturday morning children’s TV show and appeared in commercials for the National Park Service, Opryland, Levis, Taco Bell, Budweiser, Coke, and Cheer.

Top recent accomplishments include two Grammy-winning albums linked to animated movies: “Woody’s Roundup featuring Riders In The Sky” linked to “Toy Story 2,” and “Monster’s Inc. – Scream Factory Favorites.”

Get a great big Western howdy to all things Riders-related online at

Cowboy balladeer Don Edwards is the son of a vaudeville magician. He was drawn to the cowboy life by the books of Will James and B Westerns of the silver screen, such as those featuring Tom Mix and Ken Maynard.
He taught himself guitar starting at age 10, and chased the rodeo and worked ranches in Texas and New Mexico during his teens. He started his career as an entertainer at Six Flags Over Texas in 1961, and made his first record in 1964.
Since then, he has performed and recorded traditional music and written several books on cowboy lore and musical traditions. He also portrayed Smokey in Robert Redford’s film “The Horse Whisperer.”

His music and writings are available, along with guitars he has played, at the online store at

Reserved seats cost $37; lawn seats are $22, and children 12 and younger get in for $10.