Oak Ridge Boys return to TJ’s Corral
The Oak Ridge Boys have spent nearly the last quarter of a century creating their musical legacy.
The Oaks will return to Carson Valley to perform in TJ’s Corral June 25 to share that legacy, which started closer to the Valley than most know.
“Our first country album ever, ‘Y’all Come Back Saloon’ (1977), we actually took the picture for the cover of that album there,” the bass singer Richard Sterban said of their photoshoot at Virginia City’s Bucket of Blood Saloon. “They have a copy of that album hanging on the wall. It is really kind of a cool place and I think I’ve had more than one drink there.”
Although the group won’t be venturing to their old watering hole, they hope their brief stay in Carson Valley will be one for the books.
Minden will be one of nearly 60 stops on their Celebration 2016 Tour, the name stemming from one of the biggest accolades the group has collected in their 42 years of playing together.
The Oak Ridge Boys were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015, earning their faces in bronze in the rotunda of the building next to greats like Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams.
“We have a lot to celebrate,” Sterban said. “The main thing we’re celebrating is our recent induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. That is certainly very, very special. It is still difficult to find the right words to describe how special that really is. It is a tremendous honor and a humbling experience. When you look at the people in the hall like Elvis, Jonny Cash, Merle Haggard, for The Oak Ridge Boys to be a part of that family, that group, to even be mentioned in same breath as those folks, it is mind-boggling.”
Even after more than 40 years The Oaks credit an intense connection between the four group members to their longevity.
Each member has found their own responsibility and niche and that is what keeps the group producing Grammy- winning hits and platinum albums.
“A major reason for our longevity is the fact that we’ve developed a special relationship between the four of us,” he said. “Each guy in our group is different, each one brings something different to table. We respect that between the four of us. I think we all realized a long time ago that we need each other, we pull together as a team, a true brotherhood. There’s something very special about that.”
Within those responsibilities is creating a unique set list for every venue.
Spokesperson and lead vocal Joe Bonsall pieces together the order of songs for the day’s show several hours before the group takes the stage.
“We pride ourselves in that very rarely do we do the same show twice,” Sterban said. “We change it up. It makes it interesting for us. Joe creates the set list based on what he thinks the audience wants to hear. When we come down there on the 25th he will do the same thing.”
With a custom designed play list comes some of the classics like “Elvira,” “Thank God for Kids” and “Dream On.”
The audience can expect to hear a few new pieces from the group’s Gospel Music Association Dove Award winning album, “Rock of Ages, Hymns and Gospel Favorites,” as well as a tribute to the country’s veterans and active duty military.
“In general it will be a great time and great night of good country music, as well as good family entertainment,” Sterban said. “That is what The Oak Ridge Boys are about. There is something for every member of the family from grandma to grandpa, all the way down to the kids.”
Bringing their decades worth of award-winning music to audiences all over the country is something the group continues to enjoy, and sees no sign of retirement in their near future.
“It’s what we love doing, it is part of us that started years ago, and it has not changed. Every night we still look forward to getting up on stage and presenting music live to our fans,” Sterban said. “Someday if that does change that will be the time to retire, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon. We’re all still having fun doing this. As long as the good Lord above will allow us to do this, to allow us to love doing what we’re doing, then we will.”
Doors open at 7:15 with the show beginning at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $39 and $49, available at http://www.carsonvalleyinn.com.
For more information on the band visit http://www.oakridgeboys.com.