With the announcement that top selling jazz artist Nikki Yanofsky, TV veterans The Irish Rovers, and Canadian music royalty Tom Cochrane and Burton Cummings are making their way to Vernon in the new year, another classic act has also been announced, and they need little introduction.
Duane Allen, Richard Sterban, Joe Bonsall and William Lee Golden comprise one of country’s truly legendary acts, the Oak Ridge Boys. Their Boys Night Out Tour is coming to the Vernon Performing Arts Centre June 7 at 7:30 p.m.
One of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry, the four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of the Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of country hits and a world-wide number one smash hit.
Together, they have earned Grammy, Dove, Country Music Association, and American Country Music awards and have garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades.
They bring four decades of charted singles, and 50 years of a tradition, to a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere.
The Oak Ridge Boys’ string of hits includes the country-pop chart-topper Elvira, as well as Bobbie Sue, Dream On, Thank God for Kids, American Made, Y’all Come Back Saloon, You’re the One in a Million, Fancy Free, I Guess it Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes, Gonna Take a lot of River and many other.
In 2009, the Oak Ridge Boys even covered a White Stripes’ song, receiving accolades from rock reviewers. The group has scored 12 gold, three platinum, and one double platinum album, plus one double platinum single and has had more than a dozen national number one singles and more than 30 top 10 hits.
Their career has spanned not only decades, but also formats.
In 1977, Paul Simon tapped the Oaks to sing backup for his hit Slip Slidin’ Away, and they went on to record with Johnny Cash, George Jones, Brenda Lee, Roy Rogers, Billy Ray Cyrus, Bill Monroe, and Ray Charles just to name a few.
The Oak Ridge Boys have appeared before five U.S. presidents, and have made appearances on many nationally televised shows, including The Tonight Show.
Earlier this year, and 41 years after all four boys stepped on stage together as a group, they celebrated 41 million Recording Industry Association of America-certified records sold, by signing a new record deal with Los Angeles-based Cleopatra Records.
Their first release from Cleopatra is Boys Night Out, a 14-song live project which was released last spring. It was the very first live country hits recording ever to be released by the Oak Ridge Boys.
Opening for the boys will be special guest Amanda Thate of Grand Forks/Abbotsford.
“We looked at a number of potential openers for the show at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre but the decision was fairly easy because Amanda opened for Hall of Famer Roy Clark on a number of our B.C. dates just a few years ago and the fans loved her. It just so happens that Roy Clark is also a big favourite of the Oak Ridge Boys, and Amanda’s style suits their audience perfectly,” said Kootenay Concerts president F.J. Hurtak, show promoter.
Tickets to see the Oak Ridge Boys go on sale Friday just in time for Christmas. All seats are reserved and are priced at $75.50 (all seats) and can be obtained at the Ticket Seller box office or by calling 250-549-7469 or online at ticketseller.ca.