Originally Published: January 3, 2019 10:04 p.m.
After a while away from Prescott, the Sons of the Pioneers are moseying back for a show at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center.
The group has always had good crowds when it comes to Prescott, said member Tommy Nallie. It’s that way throughout Arizona with people who love Western music and they never get tired of playing it, Nallie said.
“They love to hear it and we love doing it,” he said. “It’s always a good combination."
The Sons of the Pioneers has been continuously passing the legacy started by Roy Rogers, Bob Nolan and Tim Spencer since the 1930s, and 2019 is the group’s 85th year, Nallie said. When it comes time to replace members who retire or pass away, they find people who not only like and want to do the music but are able to fit with the group, he said. That now includes Rogers’ son, Roy “Dusty” Rogers Jr.
Rogers Jr. got out of the theater business in the last few years and the Sons of the Pioneers would take him with them on certain things and he’d be a special guest but then a couple of members left, Nallie said.
“He is just so honored to be in the group that his dad started,” he said. “He was my first choice to be a replacement.”
The show is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, and tickets are $36 for adults and $34 for seniors, available at www.prescottelkstheater.com, 928-777-1370 or at the door one hour prior to the performance.
The songs the show will include are the classics the Sons of the Pioneers have been playing for the last eight decades, Nallie said. The words and lyrics just live forever and they made such an impression on people listening way back when that they never forgot them, he said. They’ll stick to the original arrangements the pioneers did with RCA, Nallie said.
“We try to keep it authentic,” he said. “We want to make it sound like what the people are used to hearing.”
Nallie said he enjoys seeing the reactions of people who come to the show. They’ll smile when they remember the songs and sing along with the group, he said. In fact, many who are in their 70s or 80s come up to them to say they’ve listened to the Sons of the Pioneers all their lives and it’s the first time they were able to see them live, Nallie said. It’s so heartwarming to see them come out and enjoy themselves, he said.
The Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center is located at 117 E. Gurley St. For more information about the Sons of the Pioneers, visit www.sonsofthepioneers.org.
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