(KTTS News/Press Release) – A familiar group around Branson announced that they will be celebrating their 50th anniversary with a farewell tour.
The Oak Ridge Boys say that official tour dates for the American Made farewell tour have not been announced at this time.
“We are doing a farewell tour because we owe it to our fans to say goodbye,” shares William Lee Golden. “They have always been there for us through the good times and the bad. I will always be thankful to every person who came out to a show, bought a t-shirt, played our music, and overall, loved us enough to spend their hard-earned money whenever they could. This tour is for you!”
The Oak Ridge Boys have received four Academy of Country Music, two American Music, five Billboard, four Country Music Association, five Grammy, and twelve Gospel Music Association Dove awards, just to name a few.
They have achieved seventeen #1 hits.
They are members of the Grand Ole Opry, the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The Oak Ridge boys are currently on tour, with a show tonight at The Mansion Theatre in Branson, and a show Friday in Jefferson City.
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At the age of 5 years old, Ronnie began singing. He played a guitar that his dad bought him at Wingards Pawn Shop in his home town of Crestview, Florida. His church friends would come to his house on non-school nights, and he would play, and Ronnie’s pastor, SL Breland, would come to visit. That’s what pastors did back in those days. His mother told Pastor Breland that my son could sing, and he replied really! So his mama said, Ronnie, go get your guitar and sing for the pastor. The rest is history.
From that day forward, Ronnie sang every Wednesday and every Sunday all the way through elementary school until he graduated from high school. He went to every gospel concert from Crestview to Pensacola, Florida. At the age of 14, he entered the North West Fl. competition for the Northwest Fl. Best Star, and he won. A kid beat out all the older musicians and singers. The MC thought he was a girl because of his high-pitched voice. He sang Lead with the legendary bass singer Billy Todd. Of the Florida Boys Quartet, of which he was one of Ronnie's heroes, he later sang with the Blueridge Quartet from Spartanburg, S.C. What a dream come true! When the legendary Bill Crowe called and asked him to join the group, he was blown away.
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