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article imageInterview with The Oak Ridge Boys Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jul 14, 2013 in Entertainment
Nashville - On July 12, I chatted in-person with The Oak Ridge Boys at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville prior to their set. The five-time Grammy-winning quartet is made up of William Lee Golden, Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, as well as Richard Sterban.
On performing on the iconic Grand Ole Opry stage, Joe said, “We enjoy playing the Opry any time we get the opportunity to do so. It is great to be members of the Opry now and to be playing in the big circle. We feel that we are part of the family. It is always an honor to play the Opry since it is very special.”
The Oak Ridge Boys are celebrating their fortieth year anniversary tour together. “We are excited about our future. This is not our farewell tour and we are working on new projects and we plan to keep on doing this for as long as we can. Good health is the key to our future and music is really what we love doing,” Richard said.
Last month, The Oak Ridge Boys were featured on “Sunday Mornin’ Country,” the annual country and gospel music show, at the Grand Ole Opry House. “We had a wonderful week during CMA Music Fest and it ended with that event and on such a high note. It was an honor to receive that award and it was a great experience,” Joe said.
Their latest album “Back Home Again” was released on May 22, 2012 via their label, Gaither Music Group. “We recorded a new album ‘Back Home Again’ which is acoustic driven and it is gospel flavored. We took some of the old spirituals and we recorded some country classics so it’s a unique piece of work for us. It came out last fall,” Richard said.
On their proudest moments, Joe remarked, “Any time we have had the opportunity to sing for a U.S. president or somebody like Margaret Thatcher is really special. I think singing for presidents is one of the coolest things that we have ever gotten to do.”
They had the privilege to be a part of Margaret Thatcher’s last public speech. “There was a big event honoring Ronald Regan in Washington, D.C. and Margaret Thatcher was there and she gave her last speech ever. It was cool to sing for Ms. Thatcher, meet her and even talk to her for a little bit,” Joe recalled.
For more information on the Oak Ridge Boys, visit their official website.
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