Sons of the Pioneers

Sons of the Pioneers - June 15th 2019, Saturday, 7:30 PM

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Tommy Nallie … is “Trail Boss” of the group, a place held by only three individuals before him. As Trail Boss, Tommy is the
curator of the famous “Pioneer sound,” guaranteeing that every audience will experience the harmonies and music that has made
the Sons Of The Pioneers world famous. Tommy hails from Beaumont, Texas, where he grew up in a musical family and held the
honor of first chair violin in high school. Later he played in local bands with his brother Luther, then served a tour of duty in the
US Navy. Upon returning to Texas, Tommy picked up right where he left off by touring the nation as a multi-instrumentalist and
vocalist. When not on the road, he played back-up in the recording studio. In May of 1983, Tommy got the call asking him to join
the Sons Of The Pioneers. He says, “It’s difficult to put into words how greatly honored I was to become a part of such a rich and
impressive musical tradition.” In time, Tommy learned every part to all of the Pioneers’ repertoire, now teaching those to new
members. He currently plays guitar, yodels, sings harmony, and steps up to sing a few vocal solos.


Ken Lattimore … is one of the formal musical scholars of the group, holding a degree in music from Texas Tech University. He
is acknowledged as one of the best tenors in Western music, and delights audiences with his fiddle solos and duets. Ken originally
became a fan of Western music by listening to his parents' albums. Before joining the Pioneers, Ken had experience in a variety of
musical genres ranging from singing lead tenor in Gilbert and Sullivan productions, to performing in Nashville’s Ryman
Auditorium, to a country music festival in Austria, to performing in symphony orchestras. After college, he taught band and
orchestra in his hometown of Marshall, Texas. He enjoys a special interest in American History as his family has roots dating
back to the American Colonies. Since he got the call in 1997, Ken has been singing tenor in the trio. Ken says, “Singing and
playing violin with the greatest Western singing group ever proves the old adage … at times your fondest dream can come true.”


Dusty Rogers … People often comment how difficult it must be for Roy “Dusty” Rogers, Jr. to stand onstage in his father’s
shadow. Dusty quickly responds: “As Roy’s son, it is not my job to stand in my father’s shadow; but it is my job to lengthen it,
and that is what I try to do onstage every day.” Having hung around his Dad and former members of the Pioneers, Dusty is welleducated
as to the various components that make the Pioneers so popular. In 1982, Dusty launched his own successful career
singing in concert halls throughout the US and Canada, and in 2004, he had the esteemed honor of performing onstage at
Carnegie Hall in New York City. Dusty is both thrilled, honored, and humbled to be a part of the trio that has captivated audiences
with their distinctive sound. Dusty lends his rich, upper baritone vocals, singing lead and harmony. He also provides a little
yodeling and acts as MC, sometimes sharing stories of growing up with his famous parents and seven siblings.


John Fullerton … has a family background in the horse and cattle business. He was introduced to the Pioneers at a concert in
Branson, Missouri, at the age of seven by his grandmother, who also bought him his first album, “Cool Water.” Right then and
there, John decided to make Western music his life’s career. He has followed the group and their legacy ever since. Fascinated by
each and every song, John started learning all the vocal and instrument parts, and knows the different arrangements to every song
according to how it was recorded from one album to the next. He has collected a wealth of memorabilia and is very well-versed in
Sons Of The Pioneers history. John has been performing professionally since 1994. He sings baritone, knows all the harmony
parts, and holds down the rhythm guitar in the group. Joining the Pioneers is a dream come true, and he says, “I’ve spent my
entire life preparing for this opportunity to join the Pioneers.”


Paul Elliott … grew up in the Pacific Northwest in a home filled with jazz, classical, and folk music. He started playing violin
when he was seven years of age. His initial love of old-time and bluegrass quickly evolved into a love of Western swing, jazz, and
old country music. At the age of nineteen, he began playing professionally in bands and as a studio musician in the western USA
and Canada. Paul has racked up a long list of recording credits spanning film, radio, and a long list of CDs. He holds a degree in
music composition from University of Washington with additional months of private study in London with the head of
composition at the Royal Academy of Music. Paul’s mastery of original Pioneer fiddler, Hugh Farr’s, style on a recording project
caught the attention of Trail Boss, Tommy Nallie, who sought him out to join the group. Paul said, “I’m both honored and thrilled
to be following in the footsteps of Hugh Farr as the fiddle player for Sons Of The Pioneers, one of the most significant bands ever
in the music of the American west.”


Chuck Ervin … born in Memphis and reared in Mississippi, Chuck fell in love with Western and classic country music as his
family sang together on their front porch. He has been performing professionally since the age of fourteen. Working first as a
guitarist, mandolinist, and vocalist, he relocated to the San Francisco Bay area in the mid-1980s and began intensive jazz bass
studies. Soon he was recording and performing, often concurrently, in swing, jazz, blues, country, and folk. Chuck has worked
with scores of musicians, including steel-guitar legend Bobby Black, and continues to perform with his wife, Sylvia Harold, an
accomplished guitarist and vocalist. Always eager to spread the joy of music, Chuck has taught at music camps along the West
Coast and has been the resident bass instructor at the venerable Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. “It’s an immense honor to be a part
of this amazing musical legacy that is the Sons Of The Pioneers,” says Chuck.