September 17, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

Horse Opera

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
MCA
genre
Country
We gave it a B

For the uninitiated, the Riders are three ingenious saddle pals — they actually dress in cowboy costume — who combine offbeat comedy in the style of old-time radio skits with classic and contemporary Western tunes, poking fun at the old trail songs. What makes it work is the trio’s eminent musicianship (guitar, fiddle, and string bass) and Doug Green’s hair-raising yodel, best demonstrated here on Elton Britt’s ”Maybe I’ll Cry Over You” and Green’s own ”Homecoming Yodel.” B

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