The Big Sandy Creek Bridge over County Road 16590 will soon receive a new name. On the afternoon of Tuesday, April 15th, the bridge will be officially renamed and dedicated in honor of country music artist and Taylortown native, Duane Allen.
The ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. at the bridge, where a plaque detailing the location’s significance will be permanently placed and unveiled. The cast aluminum plaque is 20″ wide and 18″ tall, with a black leatherette background and will read as follows:
Award winning singer-songwriter-producer Duane Allen was born April 29, 1943, a few hundred yards from this bridge. Big Sandy Creek ran through the middle of the Allen family farm, where Duane picked cotton as a young boy. He learned to fish and swim in Big Sandy Creek. He rode over this bridge each day on his way to school.
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One of the most loved and best selling groups in all of country music, The Oak Ridge Boys are set to release their first ever live hits album, Boys Night Out, next week (April 15). To celebrate this momentous occasion, the group’s record label, Cleopatra Records, has partnered with digital distributor The Orchard to offer fans the opportunity to win a special VIP concert package.
The contest, dubbed “Fans Night Out,” will run for the entire month of April after which one lucky participant will be randomly selected to win 4 tickets to an Oak Ridge Boys show of his/her choice along with a $50 debit card—and, most exciting of all, an exclusive meet-and-greet with the Oaks! It’s a dream come true for any ORB super fan.
“This whole Boys Night Out project has been geared towards the fans since the beginning,” says the Oaks’ Joe Bonsall. “Our long time friends have asked for a kicking live album for decades and, at last, the time was right to give it to them! We are so thankful to Cleopatra Records for jumping on the train with us and releasing Boys Night Out to the worldwide market!”
To enter the Fans Night Out contest and read more details, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/oakridgeboys/app_284378661731176
To pre-order the CD or vinyl on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Boys-Night-Out-Oak-Ridge/dp/B00IICJ80K
To pre-order the digital album on iTunes: http://georiot.co/boysnightout
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 28, 2014) – With a legacy that stretches across 6 decades, encompasses more than 40 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 a favorite of President George H.W. Bush. 2014 marks the 41st anniversary of the Oak Ridge Boys—who better to celebrate with than the 41st President of the United States?
Earlier this year Duane, Joe, William Lee, and Richard – known as The Oak Ridge Boys – spent some time with former President “41” Bush and Barbara Bush before their show in Galveston, Texas. The ‘Boys knew ahead of time that the former President would be in attendance, so they wore brightly-colored socks in his honor. After the show, President Bush came backstage where The Oaks revealed their fashionable stockings to him. The 41st President, and vibrant sock-wearing advocate, was thrilled to see the group following the trend he started. Photos of the picture-perfect moment will appear in the April issue of People Country available in stores today.
Country Weekly - Tammy Ragusa
LEGENDARY TEXAS JOURNALIST SHARES OPRY’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION.
The Grand Ole Opry is bringing in the big guns to help them with their extended 40th anniversary celebration, and that included bringing Dan Rather in as special guest announcer Friday night (March 21).
The acclaimed journalist, known for covering major events around the world, said he had grown up a fan of the Opry and country music in Texas.
He shared the podium with Opry host Eddie Stubbs to introduce the hosts of his segment, Opry members The Oak Ridge Boys. And the Opry’s “Stars and Stripes” dressing room, which houses the piano played by President Richard Nixon during his Opry visit in 1974, was appropriately designated for his use during his visit.
The celebration continues Saturday, March 29, when the Opry welcomes The Band Perry, Vince Gill, Hunter Hayes and Patty Loveless.
But that's not all, the Opry will also kick off the sixth year of Opry Country Classics every Thursday from March 27 to May 22 at the Ryman Auditorium, where Larry Gatlin will return as host of the nine-show run. Country Classics Spotlight Artists include Marty Stuart, Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis, The Charlie Daniels Band, The Oak Ridge Boys and Craig Morgan.
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