Three decades have passed since country music fans first heard Richard Sterban boom the most memorable bass line in country music — oom poppa mow mow — through their radio speakers.
At the time “Elvira” exploded on country airwaves, The Oak Ridge Boys already had five gold albums and three No. 1 songs, but “Elvira” took the group from popular to headlining coliseums. It also ensured that the boys could never set foot on stage again without taking fans to the “hungry house cafe” in the song.
“Thirty years later, people still want to hear it, even on the telephone,” says Sterban, seated around a large conference table with the other members, Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall and William Lee Golden.
The men are celebrating the milestone with a new album, It’s Only Natural, featuring an updated version of “Elvira” and 11 other songs that are available exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores. The song list includes remakes of Oaks classics including “Gonna Take a Lot of River,” “Beyond Those Years” and “Lucky Moon,” plus five new songs.
“We’re at a real good point in our career right now,” Bonsall says. “Good things are happening. It’s amazing to be a part of this group. You look around, and we’re all still healthy and feeling good and we’re all still singing good, which is a big key. You get a little bit older and a lot of guys don’t sing so hot anymore. And we are singing our tails off.”
Tickets on Sale November 4 at 10:00 a.m.
NASHVILLE, Tenn., October 11, 2011 – CMA Entertainer of the Year honoree and five-time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban and an all-star lineup of friends will return to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, January 18, for a concert to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Reserved seating tickets, which are priced at a family friendly $25 and $35 (does not include Ticketmaster surcharge), will go on sale December 2 at 10:00 a.m. A limited number of VIP ticket packages will also go on sale on December 2 at Ticketmaster.com.
The show—which will feature performances from an all-star line-up including Urban, Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill, Rascal Flatts, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Little Big Town, The Oak Ridge Boys and additional artists to be announced later—again promises to be a one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime evening of music, friendship and camaraderie.
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