GUNNISON — Winning two Grammy Awards. Playing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Performing at the Grand Ole Opry.

All are major milestones for Riders in the Sky.

But when the comedy cowboy band based out of Nashville recalls the most memorable career milestone since forming in 1977, two words come to mind: Roy Rogers.

“He was just so great to work with,” said lead singer and guitarist Doug Green on the road to a show in Gunnison, Colo.

Green, who goes by the stage name Ranger Doug when he performs, said the western music icon played with Riders in the Sky while recording for the popular country and comedy variety show “Hee Haw.”

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