Oak Ridge Boys at Country Tonite Theatre

Jan 20, 2015


Oak Ridge Boys in Concert Country Tonite

There’s nothing like seeing great music performed live.

First Class Productions knows this – that’s why its First Class Concerts Series is back in 2015, kicking off an impressive lineup with the Oak Ridge Boys at Country Tonite in Pigeon Forge.

The country and gospel band will perform at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015 at the theater, located at 129 Showplace Boulevard, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863.

Known for its four-part harmonies, the Oak Ridge Boys was founded in the 1940s as the Oak Ridge Quartet, according to Wikipedia.com.

The group became popular in Southern gospel in the 1950s and officially changed its name to the Oak Ridge Boys in the early 1960s. They remained a gospel group until the mid-1970s, when they changed their image and concentrated on country music.

The Oak Ridge Boys consists of Duane Allen (lead), Joe Bonsall (tenor), William Lee Golden (baritone) and Richard Sterban (bass). Golden and Allen joined the group in the mid-1960s, and Sterban and Bonsall joined in the early 1970s.

Aside from an eight-year gap (1987-1995) – when Golden left the group and was replaced by guitarist Steve Sanders – the lineup has been together since 1973 and continues to tour and record.

Hits have included “Elvira,” “(I’m Settin’) Fancy Free,” “Bobbie Sue” and “American Made.”

In May 2012, the group returned to its Southern gospel roots with the release of the album “Back Home Again.” It included covers of the John Denver song of the same name and Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors.”

In 2013, the group celebrated its 40th anniversary with the same members with a special 40th Anniversary Tour, commemorative CD project, an Oak Ridge Boys-themed cruise and a network television special.

In 2014, the Oak Ridge Boys released its first ever live hits album, “Boys Night Out.”

Tickets are $39.95 plus tax and go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 9. They can be purchased by calling Country Tonite’s box office at (865) 453-2003.

The rest of the First Class Concert Series lineup includes Chubby Checker on June 12; Shenandoah featuring Marty Raybon on July 3; Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan (“The Grits and Glamour Tour”) on July 24; Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee (“The Urban Cowboy Reunion Tour”) on Sept. 25; Don Williams on Oct. 16 and 17; Gene Watson and Jeannie Seely on Nov. 6; and Ronnie Milsap (“The Farewell Tour”) on Dec. 5.

For more information on the concert series, visit www.firstclassconcerts.com.

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Category: Things to do

Doug Shanks


By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.

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