From February 22 through March 1, The Oak Ridge Boys are at sea with about 400 fans, family, and friends aboard the Celebrity Reflection. I will try to somewhat chronicle the event on the following pages if I can stop eating long enough to type! (JSB)
The Celebrity Reflection is quite the boat. The ancient mariners could have never envisioned such a ship moving across the sea through the night with 3000 passengers eating and drinking and dancing and vacationing, while a crew of what must easily be another 1000 looks after and protects each one of us.
THIS is The Oak Ridge Boys’ second Rally-at-Sea cruise. A weeklong trip that will take us to San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, USVI; and the incredible island of St. Martin, before returning to Miami.
The Boys will sing, fellowship, take pictures, and do our best to reward these folks who have spent a good deal of money to be here with us for a great Oak Ridge Boys experience. They will see sides of us rarely ever seen, and fun will abound… That is the plan, and we are up for it big time, as this wonderful cruise is a great respite for us, as well, from our grueling touring schedule.
But tonight I reflect a bit upon this first day. The checking in process and getting our bags and so forth are all behind us now and, after a welcome to the folks and a great dinner, I find myself a bit exhausted and in my cabin, gazing out upon the passing sea.
Tomorrow is a day “at sea,” and we will perform a Gospel music flavored show in the early afternoon. But again… tonight? A good night’s sleep and a bit of Reflection… no pun intended.
I am alone on this trip. My daughters, Jennifer and Sabrina, were with me last year and this time around my wife, Mary, was in the plan. But as we got closer she bailed on me. She is home tonight with the cats as I cruise across the Atlantic, and I must admit I am a bit lonely here sitting outside as the ocean passes beneath me.
Our new album BOYS NIGHT OUT LIVE will also be available on vinyl. Pre order your copy here!
LOS ANGELES, Ca. (January 24, 2014) – With a legacy that stretches across 6 decades, encompasses more than 41 million albums sold, and includes numerous iconic hit singles such as “Elvira,” “American Made,” and “Y’all Come Back Saloon,” it’s no wonder that The Oak Ridge Boys are one of the most popular live acts on the circuit today, packing fans in by the thousands and tens of thousands wherever they perform. What is surprising is that the Boys, renowned for their great live shows, have never released a full length, official hits concert album - that is, until now! Cleopatra Records will release Boys Night Out on April 15th, in three formats - CD, vinyl, and digital download - finally giving ORB fans the experience of the group’s well-polished live performance for them to enjoy anytime, anywhere.
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.
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