According to a January 14, 2014 news story by Mary Madewell in The Paris News (Paris, Texas), Lamar County officials have announced plans to name a bridge in honor of Oak Ridge Boys’ lead singer, Duane Allen. At a ceremony to be held this spring, the bridge over the Big Sandy Creek on County Road 16590 (Taylortown, Texas) will be renamed in honor of Duane, who grew up nearby. “I’m humbled to the core, just blown away,” Duane said in response to the announcement. “It’s a small bridge, on a small road, in a small community, but it is where I grew up and it’s a huge honor for me. It will be a fun day.”
The Paris News also reported that the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame will induct Duane on August 9 of this year.
The Oaks have been scheduled to perform at the 2014 Musicians Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Nashville, on Tuesday, January 28. Additional confirmed performers include Neil Young, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Brenda Lee, and Duane Eddy.
The 2014 Musicians Hall of Fame event will honor Barbara Mandrell, Peter Frampton, and Buddy Guy, among others. Tickets may be purchased by the general public at Ticketmaster.com.
It’s hard to put it all into words but I will try. Our 24th annual Christmas tour went Midwest, Plains, Pacific Northwest, and West Coast this year, and it has been one of the most successful tours in the history of The Oak Ridge Boys. We performed 30 shows in 27 cities overall, and 80% of those shows were complete sellouts. The other 20% were very close.
We had a few “sick puppies” along the way, as I heard Duane Allen tell Jim Halsey. But everyone held up well and performed magnificently every single night. Our band… Jeff, Donnie, Rex, Chris, Scotty, and Ron were stellar every night. Every note of every song was played with precision and compassion. The four BOYS were blessed with VOICE every show, as well, and pretty much killed it in every city! I was sick early on, but God blessed me with being able to sing no matter how bad I might have felt, and for this I am very thankful. Richard, Duane, and William Lee did some of their best singing EVER on this tour.
The most praise goes to our drivers and our hard working crew! Billy and Marc and Lem drove over 10,000 miles and got us there safely every single day, despite some rough sledding and long hours on occasion.
Many thanks go out to Dave, Jeff, Chris, Marko, and Greg for getting all of the massive production up and ready for every show. I challenge any act on the road to do this better than OUR guys! Special thanks as well to Mikey C for handling all the merchandise every single night, even when it became overwhelming.
NOTHING HAPPENS WITHOUT DARRICK KINSLOW! As usual, every base is covered every single day, and along with that he hosted the show every night. He NEVER stops! I swear the guy has more energy then any of us! He even cooks!
The Oak Ridge Boys Rally-at-Sea II, scheduled for February 22-March 1, 2014, aboard the Celebrity Reflection will feature stops in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten, plus three relaxing days “at sea.” The 2014 Rally itinerary includes all Reflection amenities, plus these “by invitation only” ORB activities:
Welcome Reception • Gospel & Country Concert • Photo Op with the Boys
Band Jam • A Conversation with The Oak Ridge Boys Q&A Gathering • “Greatest Hits & Misses” Concert • Autograph Session • Farewell Reception • And a few surprises!
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Music News Nashville by Rocket
Christmas is such a special time of year, and made even more so by the legendary Oak Ridge Boys who kicked off their 2013 Christmas Time’s A-Coming Tour at the Crystal Grand Theatre in Wisconsin Dells, WI. In their 24th season taking the Christmas Tour on the road, the Oaks performed their timeless hits as well as favorite Christmas songs for the sold-out audience.
The Oak Ridge Boys started out in the 1940′s as a Gospel quartet. The current Oak Ridge Boys configuration of Duane Allen (lead), Joe Bonsall (tenor), William Lee Golden (baritone) and Richard Sterban (bass), have been together since the 1960′s and 70′s and are responsible for the group’s most famous songs, many of which are performed as part of the Christmas tour.
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