Oak Ridge Boys - Down Home Christmas
Sponsored by Jim & Peggy Horntrop
- Dec. 14, 2023 7:15PM Buy Tickets
Once you've seen The Oak Ridge Boys' Christmas show, you will want to make it a family holiday tradition. The almost two-hour holiday extravaganza, which features a mixture of traditional and contemporary songs as well as some of the Oaks' classic country-pop hits, is a full-production show with beautiful visuals, including falling snow and Christmas trees. It also includes a visit from Santa and songs from the group's eight bestselling Christmas albums.
Few Country Music groups have had the enduring popularity, cultural significance or crossover success of The Oak Ridge Boys, a vocal harmony quartet that started out in traditional country and gospel during World War II and evolved with the times to help popularize and modernize Country Music far beyond traditional genre and regional lines.
The group went through numerous lineup changes in its early decades before Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban took control in the 1960s and early 1970s and turned it into a dynamic Country Music force. The new alignment focused on high-energy vocal harmonies that brought crowds to their feet with increasingly secular music and a look and attitude that more accurately reflected the times, characterized by Golden's still-magnificent flowing beard and fur coats.
National audiences learned the joy of the Oaks' harmonies when the group's biggest hit, 1981's “Elvira,” became a crossover pop smash with bass singer Sterban's unforgettable “oom papa oom papa mau mau” refrain. The song brought them one of their five Grammy Awards, went double Platinum and helped bring much-needed fun to a genre that had a reputation for weepers and hard times. All in all, the current lineup has scored 17 No. 1 hits, released more than 40 albums, and achieved sales greater than 41 million albums.
The Oaks' classics include “Trying To Love Two Women,” “Beautiful You,” “Fancy Free,” “I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes,” “Make My Life With You,” “Touch A Hand, Make A Friend,” and “It Takes A Little Rain (To Make Love Grow).” The Oak Ridge Boys' “American Made” became a national ad jingle. Their “Thank God For Kids” is considered a Country standard. And their recording of “Leaving Louisiana In The Broad Daylight” helped launch the songwriting career of Rodney Crowell.
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