Lead & Harmony vocals
People often comment how difficult it must be for Roy “Dusty” Rogers Jr. to stand on stage in his father's shadow. Dusty quickly responds, “As Roy's son, it is not my job to stand in my father's shadow. It IS my job to lengthen it, and that is what I try to do on stage every day.”
Dusty has been acting and performing almost since birth. The only natural born son of Roy Rogers, he was raised by Roy and Dale Evans, the couple known to millions of Americans through TV, radio, and dozens of beloved Western movies. As a small child, Dusty appeared in his parents' TV series “The Roy Rogers Show” on NBC. He also performed with his parents during their summer tours at rodeos and state fairs. In 1989 he became manager for Roy Rogers, and shortly thereafter he began serving as President of the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum, a California 501c(3) nonprofit.
As for entertaining, it was only a matter of time before Dusty followed in the footsteps of his parents and launched his own recording career. He formed his own band, The High Riders, in 1982. Dusty's singing has taken him to many concert halls throughout the United States and Canada. In 2003 and 2004, he had the distinct honor of performing at the esteemed Carnegie Hall in New York. From 2003 through 2009, Dusty performed in his very own “Happy Trails Theatre” in Branson, Missouri. In 2010, Dusty moved his show to the Mickey Gilley Theatre in Branson. In 2012 and 2013 he took his show to the RFD-TV The Theatre. During off season in Branson, “Roy Rogers Jr. and The High Riders” took the show on the road to perform at various venues, festivals, and conventions.
Having literally grown up with the Sons of the Pioneers Dusty is well educated as to the various components that have made the band so popular throughout the years. Dusty is a critical part of the trio that captivates Sons of the Pioneers audiences with their distinctive harmonies. He also provides a little yodeling and acts as MC, sometimes sharing stories of growing up with his famous parents. Dusty says, "I’m happy to be continuing the tradition of quality entertainment by my family and the Sons of the Pioneers."
(For more about Roy Rogers Sr. visit the official Roy Rogers website!)