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!
Click here for more information! (link: www.oakridgeboys.com/rally)
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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Legendary award-winning, hit-making group celebrate 24th Anniversary of Christmas Tour
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 11, 2013) – Grammy Award-winning music legends The Oak Ridge Boys are set to celebrate the 24th Anniversary of their annual Christmas Tour in 2013 with a festive show featuring live performances of holiday classics and their biggest hits. Additionally, while Richard Sterban, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, and Joe Bonsall are celebrating their 40th Anniversary of The Oak Ridge Boys, they have teamed with Compassion International as the official sponsor of the “Christmas Time’s a Comin’” Tour.
Sherman Halsey, age 56, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Tuesday, October 29, at his home in Nashville.
The son of Oak Ridge Boys longtime manager, Jim Halsey, Sherman began apprenticing in the entertainment industry at the age of thirteen. He would eventually establish a prestigious career in television and film, producing and directing television shows and music videos for numerous entertainers, including The Oak Ridge Boys, Tim McGraw, and Dwight Yoakum.
Sherman’s work greatly impacted The Oak Ridge Boys film and video catalog. He produced and directed The Oak Ridge Boys Live from Las Vegas series for The Nashville Network, multiple shows on behalf of the Feed the Children organization, and a number of music videos for the Oaks. His filmed version of “G.I. Joe and Lillie” has received more than five million hits on YouTube to date.
“Sherman produced almost all of the specials the Oaks have done over the past two decades,” said ORB lead singer Duane Allen. “He produced our first video, for a song called “Easy.” In fact, he was so far ahead of the market at that time there were no video shows on American television, so we broke the song in Australia. Through the years Sherman became among the elite in producing award-winning videos for many major artists in the music industry.
“I am at a loss for words to express the shock we Oak Ridge Boys, our staff, band, and crew are feeling. There is a huge hole left in our hearts today.”
We extend our sincere condolences, prayers, and support to the Halsey family. Sherman will be greatly missed.
Click HERE to read Sherman’s Legacy.com obituary.
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