The Oak Ridge Boys is still at it.
That landkvartet is known for being a long-standing action within the genre as well as for maintaining the same lineup for many decades.
Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban have been performing together for “about 47 years now,” according to Allen.
“I think the four of us have come closer than we’ve ever been in our entire careers,” the 77-year-old said.Elvira“Singer told Fox News.” We really have no plans to slow down. “
Things, however, were not always rosy for the boys.
“We’ve all just matured into good friends. We’ve always been close. We’ve always been good friends. But when you’re younger, and when things explode around you, and your career explodes in public, so little complains that we maybe one against the other, they all explode too, ”Allen recalled.
He continued: “We have been through that period and we have gone through it and we realized that the things we love about each other and the things we have achieved with each other are so much more important than the little things that may pulls us apart. “
Today, when a problem pops up, it “just clicks the button” and moves on.
The group has a completely massive catalog that stretches back to their humble beginnings in the late 1950s. Not only have they released dozens of dozens of studio albums, but they have become known for theirs holiday album as well.
With such an extensive history, it would not be a surprise for the group to take a breather, but Allen did not joke when he said they are moving fully.
Allen noted, however, that the spread of coronavirus has put a pause on things as far as performances, but that they have performed “a few shows” with social distancing of policies in place.
“We all need to pull together and do what we can and think positively and get through this [pandemic] together, because on the other hand, it gets much better and people want to hear good music again, ”the singer remarked.
In fact, he compared the music industry’s upcoming return to a kind of rebirth for The Oak Ridge Boys, as they are currently working on a brand new album.
The still untitled album, expected to be released this year, was made in collaboration with legendary Nashville producer Dave Cobb.
Cobb saw the quartet perform a Christmas show where they took a few minutes to sit in rocking chairs and reminisce about their childhood.
“Let’s make an album like that,” Allen recalled being told by Cobb.
So they developed a record that would reflect on their roots and their home-grown memories. values and beliefs.
“[We] sing some familiar songs and get some of our great hit writers to write some brand new songs that are about [what] The Oak Ridge Boys are about, “he described.” Let’s just keep it simple. “
He compared the album’s light-hearted mood to sitting on a ‘porch’.
The group did well with Cobb after writing and recording one of the album’s original tunes, “Till I See You Again”, in about 24 hours.
However, the album is “not perfect”.
“There are mussels everywhere,” Allen admitted. “We left them there because we want it to be genuine. We want it to be authentic, and it’s the Oak Ridge Boys, we do not sing perfectly, we sing with heart. We sing with soul. We sing with energy and passion and sometimes it comes out imperfect. “
He added: “But it’s us all the way and it has a really good feel to it.”