Joey Riley

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2012 Information

Mickey Gilley, known as Mr. Urban Cowboy, recognized Riley's naive humor the first time he heard him pull off joke over eight years ago at Jim Owen's Morning Show. The honky-tonk legend remembers that Owen asked his band members to each name a singing cowboy. First one, then another, called out, "Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Tex Ritter." Riley jumped up like an unblessed child. In his Texas twang, he protested, "Hey! You didn't let me name a cowboy." Owen answered, "You're a little young, Joey, to know these singing cowboys." Riley retorted: "I know all of them!" Owen challenged him to name one. "Roger Staubach!" he yelled out. "Right then, I knew he was good," Gilley says. "That joke knocked my funny bone clear to the floor." The country crooner hired Riley on the spot.

A serious musician on fiddle and steel guitar, Riley's natural comedy gradually filtered into Gilley's show format and appears to the audience as ad-lib. "Joey's a wonderful musician and a natural with comedy," Gilley says. "His unassuming interruptions deviate from the script, keeping the show fresh. But we know where we're headed with it."

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Written by ThunderHockeyFan

This was a fun show. I was expecting more comedy than music and boy was I surprised. Joey is a really good singer and musician. We were on the front row for our show. We are planning on going back to see him on future trips.

Great show!

Written by oldgram1

Joey kept us laughing. He's a great comedian and also a talented musician and singer. It's surprising to hear how well he can sing! Lots of country music in this show which I enjoy. The female singer that's with him is also with the Mickey Gilley show and she is very, very good. Others in his band, including his brother also have good voices. I would go back to see this show again.