Henry Paul, of the legendary southern rock band The Outlaws, will produce the Badlands House Band’s debut single, a new studio version of “Ghost Riders In The Sky.”
The Outlaws’ release of the song in 1980 was their biggest chart success. The new Badlands House Band rendition is set to be released as a single in January 2016 by the Badlands Entertainment Group, and will be available on iTunes and all other digital music distributors.
“These guys play and sing great, and I’m absolutely sure we can cut a fresh new take on this classic tune,” said Paul. “I’m excited about the possibilities.”
“Ghost Riders In The Sky” is the official theme song of Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry, a unique new entertainment destination in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In addition to being the largest pawn shop in the Midwest, Badlands boasts multiple attractions such as an 1800-capacity state-of-the-art concert venue, shooting range, gun store, tattoo parlor, an award-winning deli and more. The facility will also be home to the Guns, Gold & Rock ‘n Roll Radio Network, broadcasting live 24/7 on 94.5 FM KBAD in Sioux Falls, affiliate stations throughout the region and online worldwide.
The Badlands House Band provides the soundtrack to the venture, performing select concerts on site as well as tour dates across the country. “Ghost Riders (the song) was part of my original vision for Badlands Pawn,” said Badlands owner/CEO/visionary Chuck Brennan. “I couldn’t have scripted it any better than to have Henry and the Badlands House Band join forces to record this single.”
Henry Paul joined with guitarist Hughie Thomasson to form the classic Outlaws lineup in 1971, and is also the lead vocalist for multi-platinum country group BlackHawk; both acts continue to tour extensively and release music. Badlands House Band singer Ron Keel became friends with Paul in Nashville in 2004; they recorded a duet called “Dixie Highway,” which led to Ron’s band opening for The Outlaws. “To have Henry Paul produce our version of ‘Ghost Riders’ is huge,” said Keel. “He is southern rock royalty, one of the founding fathers of that genre.”