Longview News Journal - East Texas native Duane Allen and the rest of the Oak Ridge Boys will perform Saturday as Allen is inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage.
“(Allen) is the one being inducted,” Hall of Fame founder Tommie Ritter Smith said of the Taylor Town native. “And he wanted the others to be honored with him.”
The 17th annual country music celebration stretches over two nights, with a 30-act showcase and contest set Friday. And while shows are in the Carthage Civic Center, music fans can tour a renovated Hall of Fame that has added 3,000 square feet to its museum. A grand opening is planned in the fall after all of its ribbons are tied and baubles are hung — and a memorial to Mount Pleasant rancher and country legend Ray Price is in place.
“The museum will be open,” Ritter said this week. “And the museum tours will be free all weekend.”
Although fellow Oak Ridge Boys Richard Sterban, Joe Bonsall and William Lee Golden sprouted beyond the Lone Star State, they won’t be foreigners after the weekend — at least not symbolically.
Iconic Group Marks 41st Anniversary with a Musical Legacy that Still Stands Strong
NASHVILLE, TN (June 18, 2014) – The extensive collection of honors and awards keep rolling in for The Oak Ridge Boys. An official RIAA commemorative plaque certifying Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum album and single sales has been awarded to the Grammy-winning group in celebration of more than 41 million album sales worldwide. A special presentation took place in New York during the legendary group’s appearance on The Wendy Williams Show.
"We love Wendy Williams and she recently invited us to perform on her high energy, nationwide show. While we were there she surprised us with a plaque recognizing 41 million sales of our albums," says Oak Ridge Boys lead singer Duane Allen.
"It is hard to imagine that we have sold 41 million albums and that doesn't even count the successful Gospel music days," adds tenor vocalist Joe Bonsall. "It is humbling to know that the music we have created together has been so well received over all these years. We are very blessed but the pressure is on... 41 million albums in 41 years means we have to sell a million this year to make it 42/42 next year!!!"
Country Legends Mix With Fans During Seven Day Cruise Through The Caribbean January 18-25, 2015
Ft Lauderdale, FL (June 13, 2014) – The Oak Ridge Boys have just been added to the superstar lineup of artists performing aboard the 2015 Country Music Cruise (http://www.countrymusiccruise.com), which will also feature performances by Martina McBride, Charley Pride, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Lorrie Morgan, John Anderson, Aaron Tippin, Darryl Worley, Asleep at The Wheel, Restless Heart, Johnny Lee, Wade Hayes, Bryan White, The Roys, Brett Kissel, comedian John Reep and Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys. Beloved television personality Lorianne Crook, of the long-running talk show Crook & Chase, will return as the official host of the annual seven day voyage aboard the luxurious Holland America ms Eurodam, which travels throughout the Caribbean from January 18-25 with stops in the picturesque ports of Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Croix and the private island Half Moon Cay.
The Country Music Cruise 2015 - We are excited to announce that country legends The Oak Ridge Boys will be joining The Country Music Cruise 2015 all-star lineup.
Guests will experience The Oak Ridge Boys’ exciting live, hit-packed performance in the main room. They will also join Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers for a very special Gospel Hour during the first day at sea. Plus, The Oak Ridge Boys will be part of several special events that will allow Guests to spend some time with some of country music’s most beloved Artists.
“The Oak Ridge Boys are very excited that our 2015 cruise will be The Country Music Cruise,” said Duane Allen of the Oaks. “We will be joining some of our dear friends, the Gatlins, Restless Heart, Charley Pride, The Roys and many others for a trip full of singing, meeting our fans and friends, sight-seeing and cruising the beautiful Caribbean.”
“There’s nothing like a music cruise to get us right up close and personal with our fans,” added Joe Bonsall of the group. “We love doing these shows and are looking forward to having a whole lot of fun with everyone.”
The Oak Ridge Boys have won nearly every honor in music during their 40-year career, including Grammy, CMA, ACM and Dove awards. The group’s distinctive blend of gospel, country and pop delivered via four-part harmony has won over fans throughout the world and earned them 12 gold, three platinum and one double platinum album, with more than a dozen national No. 1 singles and over 30 Top Ten hits.
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