(Left to right, front row: William Lee Golden, President George H.W. Bush, Joe Bonsall & Richard Sterban. Second row: Duane Allen, Darrick Kinslow, Barbara Bush & Darrell Bowling.)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 29, 2015) – The Grammy-winning Oak Ridge Boys had a presidential style trip to the Lone Star State over the weekend while performing in the Houston area. Members of the group along with their tour manager and a longtime pal spent quality time with beloved President George H. W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush. Tenor Joe Bonsall describes it as “an honor and a great visit!”
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SEAN HANNITY AND STORME WARREN SET TO HOST STAR-STUDDED EVENT BENEFITING MILITARY FAMILIES
Tickets On-Sale Friday, Jan. 30, at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena Box Office and All Ticketmaster Locations
Nashville, Tenn. (January 29, 2014) – Just when you think Charlie Daniels 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam can't get any bigger, additional megastar performers are announced. Trace Adkins, Ted Nugent, Tracy Lawrence, Craig Morgan, Colt Ford, The Oak Ridge Boys and Michael W. Smith will all be appearing alongside the previously-announced Travis Tritt, Montgomery Gentry, Billy Ray Cyrus, The Kentucky Headhunters, The Outlaws and Lee Roy Parnell. The megastars will bind together to support the needs of American veterans through The Journey Home Project. Tickets to the once-in-a-lifetime event will be available beginning Friday, January 30 at 10 a.m. CST at the Bridgestone Arena box office and all Ticketmaster locations. Due to tremendous growth over its forty years of sell-out success, the legendary Volunteer Jam will take place for the first time at the Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville on August 12, 2015 and will be hosted by Sean Hannity and Storme Warren.
The fine folks at Time Life came up with a great idea. What if we take a first class cruise ship… say the Holland America Lines EURODAM and fill it to the brim with country music fans and country music stars of all sorts and then let us all sail around the ocean blue and sing and pick and meet and great and visit beautiful ports of call in The Bahamas and the United States Virgin Islands with food galore and more concerts and events then one could possibly imagine in just seven days. We shall call it… THE COUNTRY MUSIC CRUISE! And so it was… Kind of a FAN FAIR at SEA in my humble opinion!
The Oak Ridge Boys just spent the better part of three nights and four days as a major part of this amazing event. As I write this little memoir we are flying high above the Caribbean Sea with a final destination of San Antonio where we will meet our tour buses and proceed onward for a string of shows in the great state of TEXAS. We left The Cruise in Saint Thomas with still three more days remaining for those wonderful folks who are still onboard. About the time we land in Texas the EURODAM will have pulled up the anchor and set a course for Saint Croix USVI and then back to Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas and on home to Fort Lauderdale.
Some artists like The Gatlin Brothers, John Anderson, Lorrie Morgan, Charlie Pride, Asleep at The Wheel, Bryan White, Brett Kissel, Johnny Lee and The Roys were there for the duration while others shuttled in and out. For example, while The Oaks and Daryl Worley were flying out today Martina McBride and Aaron Tippin were flying in. Country music personality Lorianne Crook was aboard to host most of the events and there were a lot of important press folks onboard as well such as Deborah Evans Price and Vernel Hacket so you WILL be reading and seeing a lot about this on your favorite Country Music outlets and magazines.
Check out Dallas Frazier's "Elvira" handwritten lyrics and a signed Fancy Free cover for the Stars for Wishes Auction. Click HERE to place a bid.
Jonathan Cain of the band Journey is the creative mind behind Stars for Wishes. The event was built in 2013 as a chance for celebrities to join our local partners to show their support for middle Tennessee wish kids.
The evening includes performances by Jonathan Cain, Gary Allan, and stories of amazing wishes being granted in this community.
by Joe Bonsall
Sitting here in my rented room on a very cold and crisp Grand Forks, North Dakota day with just six more shows to do before we get on home to our families, I have been reflecting on how very fortunate and how very blessed we all have been over this past year. We have hit the road hard as usual and just about 95% of our shows have been sell outs, and for this we are very grateful! During 2014, we released BOYS NIGHT OUT … our first ever LIVE album of the BIG HITS, and it has done quite well. We have also completed a new album of HYMNS for Bill Gaither Music, produced by Ben Isaacs and our own Duane Allen, that will release sometime in 2015. It is in post production now, and I think you will LOVE it! Our new relationship with The American Legion and the work they are doing for our returning Veterans has been and will continue to be an honor for The Oak Ridge Boys on into 2015!
Yours truly has completed a new book called “On the Road with The Oak Ridge Boys” for Harvest House Publishing, which will drop on May 1, 2015. Check out the preorder page at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or CBD. It is a fresh new look at the group and a study of how we do what we do. Light hearted, yet poignant … I think you will enjoy this as well.
We are hoping to record a new album of brand new songs to sing in 2015. It is still in the early planning stages. Duane Allen and our godfather, Jim Halsey, are working hard on this!
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