Few entertainers have become as much a tour de force in popular culture and Country Music as Roy Rogers. Last year, he was honored at several centennial celebrations. On screen, Rogers was a “Mr. Nice Guy” who outsmarted villains, treated ladies well and kissed his horse but never his girl. Onstage, he dressed sharp and put his music first. Offstage, he valued his fans, faith and family while triumphing over adversity and tragedy.
“I think Roy Rogers is the original antidote to the outlaw,” said “Ranger Doug” Green of Riders In The Sky, which embraces the tradition set by Rogers’ last group, The Sons of the Pioneers. Green said Rogers influenced him “gigantically” and described him as “the good guy who solves problems with a song and sweet reason.”