KENTLAND - Making their second appearance as headliners for the Newton County Pun'kin Vine Fair, The Oak Ridge Boys plan on playing some of their classic hits as well as music from their latest album.
The popular and iconic band with its four-part harmonies will help close out the 100th Pun'kin Vine Fair Saturday night July 20. The much-anticipated concert will feature Gospel, Country, and Patriotic music, according to Richard Sterban, who spoke to the Newton County Enterprise July 2.
"I can speak for all of the guys and say we are all looking forward to coming back to the Newton County Fair," said Sterban, whose bass vocals give The Oak Ridge Boys one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. "Our concert will be a combination of our newest album (17th Avenue Revival) and of course certain sings that everyone expects to hear. We will definitely be doing Elvira along with most of our hits. It will be a great night of country music and family entertainment."
The string of hits by The Oak Ridge boys include the pop chart-topper Elvira, as well as Bobbie Sue, Dream On, Thank God For Kids, American Made, I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes, Fancy Free, Y'All Come Back Saloon and others.
They've scored 12 gold, three platinum, and one double platinum album, plus one double platinum single, and had more than a dozen national Number One singles and over 30 Top Ten hits.
They will also be performing some material from their new Lighting Rod Records album 17th Avenue Revival, produced by the critically acclaimed producer Dave Cobb. It was released on March 16, 2018.
Cobb, who produces Chris Stapleton, had a special vision for the album. His vision for the group was to dig way back into their roots of gospel music, but a different kind of gospel — one that took a hard look at the early days of rock and roll, which was influenced by spiritual or black gospel.
"We are all very excited by our latest project and working with Dave Cobb, one of the hottest producers in Nashville right now, has been great," added Sterban. "This new album takes motivation from old-time blues and mixes it with modern country. The music is very meaningful."
Being on tour is nothing new for the Country Music Hall of Fame members, Grand Ole Opry members, and five-time GRAMMY-winning group.
"We are a group that traditionally works a lot and this year is no exception," said Sterban.
In fact, The Oak Ridge Boys have recently been putting the time in the studio as they are working on their 8th Christmas album.
"Our Christmas music is something that we have become known for over the years," said Sterban.
In what has become a legacy of musical performances, The Oak Ridge Boys pride themselves on four decades of charted singles, and 50 years of tradition, along with a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere. And each member remains as enthusiastic about the process as they have ever been.
“When I go on stage, I get the same feeling I had the first time I sang with The Oak Ridge Boys,” says lead singer Duane Allen. “This is the only job I've ever wanted to have.”
“Like everyone else in the group,” added Sterban, “I was a fan of the Oaks before I became a member. I’m still a fan of the group today. Being in The Oak Ridge Boys is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.”
The two, along with tenor Joe Bonsall and baritone William Lee Golden, comprise one of Country's truly legendary acts.
"I don't think there is another group in the business that has a history like ours," said Sterban. "Along the way, we have developed a special relationship and each guy brings something different to the table. We are all the best of friends. That along with our passion to create new music, which brings new life and energy to the group are the main reasons why we have been together and active for so long."
The Saturday night concert was made possible by the Newton County Fair, Fair Oaks Farms, and Wilson Industrial. The concert starts at 8 p.m. CST. Don’t miss the chance to see this iconic country act at the Newton County Pun’kin Vine Fair. Tickets can be purchased online at www.newtoncountyfair.com. Patrons may still print a ticket order form (found online) and mail it in to purchase tickets.