The Grascals & Friends - Country Classics with a Bluegrass Spin, which features the Oak Ridge Boys on two tracks, makes its debut at Number One on the Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums chart (issue date January 29, 2011). The Oaks are one of eight Country artists—including Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels, and Dolly Parton—to contribute to the project.
Late night host David Letterman addressed the new Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) on a recent episode with a video spoof featuringThe Oak Ridge Boys.
According to Letterman, those who are not willing to pay extra to access OWN, should instead tune-in and watch the new celebrity network, OBN, The Oak Ridge Boys Network. His spoof included a classic video of The Oaks singing the infamous line, “Giddy up ooom poppa omm poppa mow mow,” from the group’s 1981 hit single, “Elvira.” 2011 marks the 30th anniversary of the song, and The Oaks are still performing it regularly on tour across the U.S. and Canada about 150 days each year.
The Oak Ridge Boys headed the list of musical well-wishers for Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Haslam. The longstanding country group delivered the national anthem at Haslam's inaugural ceremony in Nashville on January 15, 2011.
"It is such an honor that we have been asked to participate in this notable event," Oak Ridge Boy Duane Allen said in a statement. "We are humbled by the invitation and proud to support our great state of Tennessee." (Nashville Tennessean)
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