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Something Wonderful: Pedal Steel and “Ghost Riders in the Sky

That was refreshing but now (just when you thought it was safe)… Ghost Riders of the Apocalypse.

And then there are those for whom nothing, NOTHING!, is sacred…

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  • Mike Austin November 20, 2021, 7:48 AM

    It was 45 years ago in Portland, Oregon. I went to see George Thorogood and The Destroyers. The opening band—whose name has escaped me, alas—played a rendition of “Ghost Riders” that was the most beautifully haunting I had ever heard. To this day I can hear that song in my head.

    As for Leroy Troy and his “Ghost Chickens in the Sky”: Get a rope.

    • MIKE GUENTHER November 20, 2021, 8:46 AM

      Nearly 40 years ago, I went to a small venue in Wilton Manor FL and saw New Riders Of The Purple Sage. This song was one of their iconic hits.

      I was running a Christmas tree lot for the local Kiwanis Club at the time and a couple of the guys invited me to go. It was a terrific show and I had a blast. I was staying in a rented RV on the lot across the parking lot from the police station. My brother would deliver trees from WNC about every four days and bring me a small sack of weed to boot. I’d sit in the RV and burn one as I looked out the window to see a police cruiser sitting in the lot as they wrote out their reports or just sat there watching the lot to make sure no one tried to steal any trees.

    • hooodathunkit November 22, 2021, 5:29 PM

      If it was the ’78 tour, might have been the Outlaws. Not released on album until ’93, but were playing it live 10 years earlier.

      • hooodathunkit November 22, 2021, 5:40 PM

        Whoops! Make that 1980! On the album Ghost Riders. (embarrassment, slinks away)

  • Andrew R November 20, 2021, 9:23 AM

    My Grandma watched Lawrence Welk. When she babysat me I had to sit and watch with her. Dark Days. Dark, dark days…

    You missed the Spike Jones version though:

    • PA Cat November 20, 2021, 8:22 PM

      What do you have against three small-town boys from the Dakotas who became accordion stars? Here’s Lawrence himself with Myron Floren and Joey Schmidt– two ethnic Germans and a Norwegian, with the “Beer Barrel Polka”:

      Hey, you at least have the dancers to look at if the 1981 turquoise leisure suits on Schmidt and Floren hurt your eyes.

  • Snakepit Kansas November 20, 2021, 12:04 PM

    I like the Ghost Riders version done by the Outlaws.

  • Univ of Saigon 68 November 20, 2021, 2:46 PM

    Try this one. Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson –


  • Clayton In Mississippi November 20, 2021, 3:32 PM

    I guess it now falls to an old fart like me to remind you younger folks of the original version of “Ghost Riders In The Sky”, by Vaughn Monroe in 1949 — reached #1 on he Billboard charts for that year

  • Clayton In Mississippi November 20, 2021, 9:29 PM

    hmm … not sure how the word”male” sneaked in there … obviously it should have been “me”.
    Don’tcha just hate it when you post a typo in a Comment section and then can’t correct it?

    • Vanderleun November 21, 2021, 6:40 AM

      I feel your pain and have removed it from your side.

  • holden November 23, 2021, 9:09 PM

    Late to the party – one more:

  • Sam L. November 28, 2021, 3:59 PM

    Also: Riders In The Sky! Cowboy group: https://www.ridersinthesky.com/ 44 years touring.