Oak Ridge Boys Coming to Rector

Friday, August 30, 2013
The Oak Ridge Boys

The fabulous Oak Ridge Boys are coming to Rector!

Rector High School Helping Hands Foundation co-founder Bill Carter announced recently the award-winning country and gospel group will perform Friday, April 4, at the RHS gymnasium in support of Helping Hands, which, since 2006, has provided thousands of dollars in assistance to disadvantaged Rector students, as well as numerous college scholarships.

Tickets will go on sale Jan. 2.

"What better Christmas gift could you give than tickets to see The Oak Ridge Boys," said Foundation board president Sherry Dills. "This is a show that is certain to sell out fast, so we encourage everyone to get their tickets early so they won't miss out on this amazing opportunity to see one of America's most popular musical groups right here in Rector."

The Oak Ridge Boys have toured extensively this year in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the current lineup, which includes lead vocalist Duane Allen, tenor Joe Bonsall, baritone William Lee Golden and bass Richard Sterban.

Their most well-known hits include "Elvira," "Bobbie Sue," "American Made," "You're the One," "Trying to Love Two Women," "Y'all Come Back Saloon," "Dream On," "I'll Be True to You" and many more.

The current group has won numerous honors, including Grammy Awards for Best Gospel Performance (other than soul) in 1974 for "Baptism of Jesse Taylor," Best Gospel Performance (other than soul) in 1977 for "Where the Soul Never Dies," Best Traditional Gospel Performance in 1978 for "Just a Little Talk with Jesus" and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1982 for "Elvira."

Other awards have included the Academy of Country Music's Top Vocal Group for 1978 and Single of the Year for "Elvira" in 1978; the Country Music Association's Vocal Group of the Year and Instrumental Group of the Year in 1978, Single of the Year for "Elvira" in 1981, and Instrumental Group of the Year in 1986, and the Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards for Album of the Year (Street Gospel) in 1973, Country Album of the Year (From the Heart) in 2002, Country Song of the Year ("Jonah") in 2007, and Long Form Music Video of the Year (A Gospel Journey) in 2010.

They were named as members of the Grand Ole Opry in 2011, and in September of that year, released "It's Only Natural" through Cracker Barrel Old Country Store's music label. That album debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard Country albums chart and remained in the Country top 40 for nearly two months. It contains 12 tracks -- five new tracks and seven re-recorded hits from the late 1980s, including a special 30th anniversary re-recording of "Elvira."

Two new studio albums were released in 2012. Back Home Again includes gospel standards, as well as John Denver's "Back Home Again" and Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors." Featuring mostly acoustic arrangements, the album was produced by Ben Isaacs, of The Isaacs, who appeared in Rector for a Helping Hands concert in 2010.

The second album, released in September last year, is Christmas Time's A-Coming, released through Gaither Music Group and also a featured title at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores. That project features traditional standards, both secular and spiritual, as well as new material.

Ticket prices and other information on the show will be released in coming weeks.

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