Happy Trails & Tales of Cowboy Music in the Ozarks

Sons of the Pioneers
John Fullerton

The public is invited to “Happy Trails” a free presentation at the Branson Centennial Museum on Tuesday, August 20 from 12:30–1:30 PM featuring John Fullerton. Seventh generation Branson native John Fullerton has been performing professionally for the past 25 years. His great-grandfather was the famous Chick Allen, who co-founded the Baldknobbers Music Show in 1959.  Today John is a member of the legendary Sons of the Pioneers singing group, celebrating their 85th year of continuous entertainment. One of the leading authorities on the history of American Western/Cowboy music, John will be discussing the roots of Cowboy music in the Ozarks. He’ll explain the beginnings of Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers organization and share memorabilia and rare artifacts from the band’s early years.

“John is a local talent and historical expert with a genuine love of our area and the music he shares across the country,” said Jim Babcock, Branson Centennial Museum co-curator with his wife Jean.  “John has both lived and learned the history of this region and the legacy of Cowboy music.”

Named a “National Treasure” by the Smithsonian Institute, the Sons of the Pioneers are one of America’s earliest Western singing groups. Known for their vocal performances, musicianship, and songwriting, they produced innovative recordings that have inspired many Western music performers and remained popular through the years. Since 1933 with original band member Roy Rogers, the Sons of the Pioneers are one of the longest-surviving country music vocal groups producing numerous legendary hits including Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Cool Water and Riders In The Sky.

The Tuesday Talk series is presented free-of-charge by the Branson Centennial Museum and White River Valley Historical Society. Throughout 2019, various topics of local and historical interest will be presented by knowledgeable speakers every month on the third Tuesday from 12:30 until 1:30 PM. The Museum is located in historic Downtown Branson at 120 South Commercial Street.

About White River Valley Historical Society

The WRVHS exists to preserve, protect, and promote the cultural history of Taney County, Missouri, and the upper White River Valley region through public programs and educational events.

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