“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.

For more information on Ranger Doug Green visit http://www.ridersinthesky.com

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  1. Just last night I met Ranger Doug and all the other members of the great Time Jumpers. What a fabulous night of music, and what great people they all are! If you only do one meaningful thing on your visit to Nashville, make sure it is to hear these folks play…and play… and play. It is well worth it!

  2. While visiting Nashville, I was fortunate enough to see The Time Jumpers at 3rd and Lindsley. What a great time! Thanks to Ranger Doug for the nice conversation at break. Hope to see the group again. My prayers to Dawn Sears and her family and friends.

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