The 76th Mountain State Forest Festival is pleased to announce The Oak Ridge Boys will headline the upcoming Country Music Show.
The show will take place at 8 p.m. Oct. 6 on the campus of Davis & Elkins College in Harper-McNeely Auditorium. Tickets for this exciting show are on sale via the festival website at www.forestfestival.com. Tickets also can be purchased at the festival office at 101 Lough St. or by calling 304-636-1824.
The Oak Ridge Boys band has one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs have spawned dozens of country hits and earned numerous awards.
The Oak Ridge Boys
Every time they step before an audience, the band members 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," said lead singer Duane Allen. "This is the only job I've ever wanted to have."
Bass singer Richard Sterban said, "Like everyone else in the group, I was a fan of the Oaks before I became a member. I'm 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. This group has 12 gold, three platinum and one double platinum albums - plus one double-platinum single - and had more than a dozen national No. 1 singles and more than 30 Top Ten hits. Just to name a few, their hits include "Elvira," "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 more. In 2009, the band covered a White Stripes song, receiving accolades from rock reviewers. In 2011, they rerecorded a 30th anniversary version of "Elvira" for a Cracker Barrel Old Country Store project.
The Oaks represent a tradition that extents back to World War II. The original group, based in Knoxville, Tenn., 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 1945. They were featured in TIME magazine in the mid 1940s as one of the top drawing gospel groups in the nation.
By the late 1960s, 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.
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 friend Waylen Jennings and Jessi Colter.
The Oak Ridge Boys group has appeared before five presidents. And it has 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. The group members also are tireless advocates of charitable and civic causes, serving as spokesmen and/or board members of fundraisers for the Boy Scouts of America, the National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse, Feed the Children, the National Anthem project and many more.
Sponsors for the Country Music Show include West Virginia Lottery, WBOY TV 12 and WDNE. The 76th Mountain State Forest Festival will be Sept. 29 to Oct. 7.
For more information on the Country Music Show, as well as many other scheduled events, anyone interested can visit www.forestfestival.com or call 304-636-1824.