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ORB Faith, Family & Freedom 40th Anniversary Tour

A review by Tommy Jackson

For two-plus glorious hours, a big crowd at the Oak Ridge Boys Theater seemed oblivious to Obamacare, government shutdowns, Syrian weapons of mass destruction, and any other of the various gloom and cialis price in canada doom stories that play nightly in our living rooms. The stark contrast to the above was a concert by America’s ambassadors on behalf of God, country and best cialis price family at the theater that carries their name in Branson.

The concert was pure magic, but then you knew that going in. As I listened to these wonderful songs, I could see the universal smiles and canadian healthcare pharmacy nods of approval from all across the auditorium. “These are the people these songs are about,” I thought. The songs are the same kind of songs that have been sung around the family piano or else the Sunday afternoon church picnic from generation to generation. The Oak Ridge Boys’ message is the same as getting a warm hug from your grandchild, checking on the elderly neighbor down the street or feeling a lump in your throat and cialis online canada your eyes tearing up when the Colors are presented. It’s a great-grandmother in the nursing home holding the infant that bears her name. It’s the elderly veteran saluting the Flag from his wheelchair. It’s the police officer, firefighter, or soldier sacrificing their own lives in order that others might survive.

This group, which has now been together for more than 40 years, has that rare knack of making the audience feel special and the cheapest cialis online that the performance is aimed right at them. How do the Oaks accomplish such a feat? It’s easy actually, because, to us, an Oak Ridge Boys’ performance is as sincere and viagra buy now genuine as it gets. It’s like a son scoring the winning touchdown for the high school team on Friday night and real cialis online being cheered by thousands, but at the after church meal on Sunday, he’s just a part of the family. That’s how it is with The Oaks. They’re out front, sure, but to them and buy propecia no prescription to the audiences that understand and canadian pharmacy cialis love them, they are just a part of the family. Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden and viagra online without prescription Richard Sterban could just as easily be sitting by you at the dinner table talking baseball as they are playing for millions the world over. People leave an Oak Ridge Boys show happy. Of course, I don’t mean “happy” that it’s over, but instead “happy” and “content” the way an excellent meal leaves you. It’s a warm, comfortable feeling.

The concert itself is a wonderful experience of time travel, going back even before The Oaks made the move from gospel to country in 1977. This show even included the wonderful “The Baptism of Jesse Taylor”. The powerful lead vocals of Duane Allen took that song on a trip all the way down Grammy Lane. As Bonsall recalled, “We didn’t have two quarters in our pockets, but we had a Grammy.”

This show featured a lot of extra “oomph”, which is difficult because an Oak Ridge Boys show has always been full of oomph. That “oomph” is great energy, great arrangements, and obviously great performances. At this show, I was blown away by the arrangements. I’ve heard “Bobbie Sue” for years, but at the show I’m referring to, “Bobbie” blew me away. It refuses to leave my head more than two weeks after the show. It was also great hearing “Beautiful You”, “Sail Away”, “Dream On” and many others from that long, long list of Oak Ridge Boys hits.

In the years I go back with the Oak Ridge Boys (which is 1977 in my case) I have never ever seen a member of the audience leave with a frown on their face, or a complaint coming out of their mouth. Audiences love these songs and, of course, these singers. I’ve often thought, if anyone could bring Washington together, it would be these guys, because after an Oak Ridge Boys’ performance, how could anyone not be in a good mood, no matter their political affiliation? May they keep on, keeping on.

Tommy Jackson is a former Arkansas newspaper editor who now writes a weekly entertainment column.


0 #3 Pam and pfizer viagra cheap Jeff Forsberg 2013-11-15 17:38
It was wonderful to see you guys in Branson (The 40th tour).Thank you for signing my painting of you guys.You are fabulous.
We have tickets to see you again in Merrillville ,In. on the 24th.We look foward to talking with you again...sign us up. Jeff and buy viagra online Pam Forsberg (artist)
+2 #2 Dave Bolender 2013-10-06 16:31

I first saw them at Massey Hall in Toronto in 1968, was in Nashville in 1969 when they won their first Dove Award, and have been a fan ever since ...yes even before the arrival of Mr. BASS ~ Richard Sterban and cialis professional 100 mg Mr. ENERGY ~ Joe Bonsall.

I did lose track of them for a short time - before internet days - but have been following and buying viagra communicating with them regularly for many years.

Whether in the U.S. or Canada, they represent wholesome "family" values and entertainment.
Thanks for the decades of "good" music by “good” men - GO BOYS!!!! KEEP ON

Your faithful Canadian friend: @ONdave
+1 #1 Sandy Owen 2013-10-04 10:13
This is a wonderful article, we always feel better after an Oaks concert. So glad that you shared this.

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