The Oak Ridge Boys – Front Porch Singin’ Tour – Added Show
Monday, May 15, 2023
Doors 6:50 pm Show 7:30 pm
Theirs is one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits and a #1 pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Every time they step before an audience, the Oaks bring four decades of charted singles, and 50 years of tradition, to a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere. And each remains as enthusiastic about the process as they have ever been.
When I go on stage, I get the same feeling I had the first time I sang with The Oak Ridge Boys, says lead singer Duane Allen. This is the only job I’ve ever wanted to have.
Like everyone else in the group, adds bass singer extraordinaire, Richard Sterban, I was a fan of the Oaks before I became a member. Im still a fan of the group today. Being in The Oak Ridge Boys is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.
The two, along with tenor Joe Bonsall and baritone William Lee Golden, comprise one of country’s truly legendary acts. Their string of hits includes the country-pop chart-topper Elvira, as well as Bobbie Sue, Dream On, Thank God For Kids, American Made, I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes, Fancy Free, Gonna Take A Lot Of River and many others.
The group has scored 12 gold, three platinum and one double platinum albumplus one double platinum singleand had more than a dozen national #1 singles and over 30 Top Ten hits.
The Oaks represent a tradition that extends back to World War II. The original group, based in Knoxville, Tennessee, began performing country and gospel music in nearby Oak Ridge where the atomic bomb was being developed. They called themselves the Oak Ridge Quartet, and they began regular Grand Ole Opry appearances in the fall of 45. In the mid-fifties, they were featured in Time magazine as one of the top drawing Gospel groups in the nation. By the late 60s, with more than 30 members having come and gone, they had a lineup that included Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, Noel Fox, and Willie Wynn. Among the Oaks many acquaintances in the gospel field were Bonsall, a streetwise Philadelphia kid who embraced gospel music; and Sterban, who was singing in quartets and holding down a job as a mens clothing salesman. Both admired the distinctive, highly popular Oaks.
They were the most innovative quartet in Gospel music, says Bonsall. They performed Gospel with a Rock approach, had a full band, wore bell-bottom pants and grew their hair long…things unheard of at the time.
The four became friends, and when the Oaks needed a bass and tenor in 72 and 73, respectively, Sterban and Bonsall got the calls. For a while, the group remained at the pinnacle of the Gospel music circuit. It was there they refined the strengths that would soon make them an across-the-board attraction.
Their career has spanned not only decades, but also formats. In 1977, Paul Simon tapped the Oaks to sing backup for his hit Slip Slidin Away, and they went on to record with George Jones, Brenda Lee, Johnny Cash, Roy Rogers, Billy Ray Cyrus, Bill Monroe, Ray Charles and even Shooter Jennings, the son of their old friends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter. Most recently, the group recorded a duet with Merle Haggard for their 2015 Rock of Ages hymns and gospel favorites album.
They produced one of the first country music videos. In 1977, Easy, although not released in the U.S., reached the #3 slot in Australia.
They participated in the first American popular music headline tour in the USSR. The Oak Ridge Boys have appeared before five presidents. And they have become one of the most enduringly successful touring groups anywhere, still performing some 150 dates each year at major theaters, fairs, and festivals across the U.S. and Canada.
First 6 rows on floor (rows A-F)……………$95
Last 6 rows on floor (rows G-M)…………..$85
Standard balcony………………….. …. ……..$75
Balcony Box (includes concessions)…..$170