When: Sat., Nov. 25, 4 & 8 p.m.
Drawing inspiration from singing cowboy icon Roy Rogers and his yodeling band Sons of the Pioneers — a group that appeared in nearly 90 films and still remains active today — the witty Western quartet Riders in the Sky famously favors comedy over country in the old C&W equation. As one might guess by their names and roles alone — Ranger Doug (“Governor of the Great State of Rhythm”), Too Slim (“Upright Bunkhouse Bass”), Joey the CowPolka King (“Stomach Steinway Accordion”) and Woody Paul (“King of the Cowboy Fiddlers”) — the Nashville-based band boasts a particularly kid-friendly following. And despite an impressive catalog of nearly 30 nostalgia-fueled albums, the comedic cowboys might be known best by today's audiences for their Grammy-winning Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc. tie-ins — Woody’s Roundup: A Rootin' Tootin' Collection of Woody's Favorite Songs (2000) and Scream Factory Favorites (2002). Armed with numerous awards and a resume that includes performances at the Hollywood Bowl, the Grand Ole Opry and the White House, the fun-loving outfit lands at the Tobin to celebrate “Christmas the Cowboy Way.”