The Time Jumpers


“Ranger Doug” Green

Illinois native Green spent much of his youth in Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1968.  He learned to play rhythm guitar during the “folk scare” of the ‘60s. While still in college, he began playing bluegrass and even toured with Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys between his junior and senior years. That experience encouraged him to consider a career in music.  He moved to Nashville, enrolled at Vanderbilt University and earned his master’s degree while continuing to play music on the side. He worked briefly with Monroe again in 1969 and then with Jimmy Martin. Green says he “rediscovered” Sons of the Pioneers in the mid-‘70s and was drawn to the group’s “sweeping poetic lyrics, great loping beat, complicated chord changes, beautiful soaring harmonies and yodeling.”  He and Fred “Too Slim” LaBour formed Riders in the Sky in 1977. The group has won two Grammys and been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1982. Recognized as one of the foremost scholars of country music, Green is author of Singing In The Saddle, the definitive book on western music. Riders In The Sky also had a CBS TV show (“Riders In The Sky”) as well an NPR radio show (“Riders Radio Theater”) and sang “Woody’s Roundup” in Toy Story 2. Green has been with The Time Jumpers for 12 years.