Happy Trails and More! Music and moving in Branson
Trip Start Jan 01, 2007
116Trip End Dec 31, 2007
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Fall Creek Resort
Our tickets this evening were for the Sons of the Pioneers - the longest (73 years) continuous-running musical group (in ANY kind of music) in the country, and named a "National Treasure" by the Smithsonian. The show included a chuckwagon dinner, which was really quite good! The manager of the theater is a Cowboy Poet, so he opened the show with a couple of his poems.
There are so many songs that the Sons of the Pioneers are known for (San Antonio Rose, Cool Clear Water, Happy Trails to You, to name a few!), that they sang for two straight hours, and we knew every one of their numbers. Turns out, they wrote 3,000 songs in their early years! One of the singers performing tonight has been with the group for 30 of their 73 years, and another retired member of the group was back to replace a musician who had recently left. The young tenor was incredible, with an operatic voice and awesome range. It was a great show!