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?
The Oak Ridge Boys are not only celebrating 41 years together, but are also preparing to release their first-ever LIVE album. Cleopatra Records will release Boys Night Out on April 15th, in three formats – CD, vinyl, and digital download – finally giving ORB fans the experience of the group’s well-polished live performance for them to enjoy anytime, anywhere.
To be sure, Oak Ridge Boys fans have been clamoring for a live album of hits for several years now, but as the band explained, “For some reason or another, the time never seemed right.” Then, in early 2013, lead vocalist and producer Duane Allen saw the stars align as the band was able to get its hands on some top quality remote recording equipment, and promptly began capturing performances of their current show dubbed “Boys Night Out.” Night after night, The Oak Ridge Boys wowed audiences across the nation with a set list that packed all of the group’s hit singles and fan favorites into one magnificent celebration. Years of preparation have made such well-loved songs as “You’re The One,” “Thank God For Kids,” and the brilliant “Bobbie Sue” sound even more exhilarating than when they were originally recorded! It might not be quite the same as being there, but it’s thrillingly close!
“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,”‖ adds bass singer extraordinaire, Richard 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.
Nashville Music Guide had the opportunity to sit down with the ORB for a very special interview to discuss not only the release of Boys Night Out. The first question on our minds and on the masses of Oak Ridge fans was why now and how come it took so long for us to get a live album.
“We have been so busy cutting new songs, we were always looking towards the future, which has been new material – and we have always had a good supply of that. Nashville is where the greatest writers in the world reside – and they supply us with what we are looking for,” stated Duane.” We give them the framework of what we want and out of their magic hands they write our career for us. We have always loved new songs and the excitement behind new material and up until recently hadn’t taken the time to record the hits that got us here.”
“We rented some equipment, and turned it on and left it on. Raw and dry, with no tweaks; we left it exactly the way it’s coming off the stage. We recorded 22 live shows with over 60 songs. Boy’s Night Out is just the first compilation that we are putting out. We picked 14 of our favorites and ran with it,” added Joe. “And while these are classic songs, it is a fresh approach. It’s our band right now in a live atmosphere playing these songs that we do now in 2014. It is a new way to listen to these songs, even for us to it’s a new sound.”
The energy and stage presence behind The Oak Ridge Boys is beyond powerful and hearing them in this full circle album of great hits. If you have yet to hear this album, we encourage you to go and check it out now.
If you would like to hear the full interview with the Oak Ridge Boys you may listen below:
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