With a myriad of awe-inspiring experiences brought to Pioneertown via the Pioneertown International Film Festival, there is one that will be as historic as the films themselves – the performance of Sons of the Pioneers. Afterall, Pioneertown, California was named for Sons of the Pioneers who were original investors of this living, breathing, old west movie set built in 1946. The significance of these acclaimed musicians finding a place of honor here at the inaugural Pioneertown International Film Festival is not lost to this community.
In 1977, the Smithsonian Institution, which designates certain artists and performers who have made a noteworthy contribution to the arts and culture of America, named the Sons of the Pioneers as “National Treasures”. In 1995, the Sons of the Pioneers were inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Sons of the Pioneers were the first Country and Western group to sing at Carnegie Hall, and the first to perform at the lavish nightclubs in Las Vegas. The group has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6845 Hollywood Boulevard for recording.
The Sons of the Pioneers are as much an institution as they are a source of timeless music, not only to Pioneertown, but to the music industry itself. These walking, singing, troubadours of music history represent the original pioneers of western music. To this day, their music is recognized internationally from generation to generation, with songs like, “Cool Water” and “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” each rooted deeply in western lore.
Formed and founded in 1934 by Roy Rogers (then known as Leonard Slye), Bob Nolan, and Tim Spencer, the band has remained together continuously through the contributions of 47 rotating members over the years. Today’s six accomplished musicians (including Roy Rogers’ son) bring fresh energy to this classic genre, taking audiences time-traveling into the great American West. The opportunity to hear them in their roots of origin is to be celebrated.