(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.

The Fishman Loudbox performer with Bluetooth® 4.0 Connectivity is the most powerful 
acoustic amp from Fishman. It is 180 watts Bi-amplified with 2 Channels with 1/4” & XLR inputs
with dual effects with independent control. It also sports 3 D.I. outputs on each channel and main mix. Each channel includes Fishman’s renowned 3-band EQ, feedback-fighting controls, and a new effects section for more tonal options than ever before. It has a dedicated midrange driver 
that provides enhanced detail and note definition over conventional 2-way designs. An 
improved, integrated kickstand design allows the Loudbox Performer to be tilted back 50º for better sound projection at short range. 

I have tested and played many acoustic amps for guitars, but the Fishman amps are also the
best choice for many other acoustic instruments like fiddle, banjo and dobro. It will handle just about anything, in my opinion, with its instrument and mic channels. It has a combination  of
1/4” & XLR inputs with shelving bass and treble and resonant-style midrange with notch filter and feedback control. I also love the input gain with 10dB pad and clip indicator. It can also be used with condenser mics, and it has 24-Volt phantom power.

I also love the Reverbs and Delay effects level and Chorus, Flanger and Slap Echo on/off are great! The Phase switch (feedback control) dedicated effects loop are a plus as well. The Fishman Loudbox can be used in any venue and can compete with a full rock band on stage with its 180 watts of transparent, bi-amplified tone via a state-of-the-art 3-way speaker system. It is just amazing! It makes instrument sound like YOUR instrument, and that is a big thing when it comes to acoustic amps. This amp delivers what ever sound you are going for.

The EQ section gives you the ability to dial in any kind of tone you need. The Loudbox Performer sports a tan/brown motif that looks great and complements acoustic instruments better than black. To sum up my review I can honestly say there is no other acoustic amp that can come close to the Fishman Loudbox performer in its price range. It has a prestine sound. Any of the Fishman line of acoustic amps are top notch. Thank you Fishman for building such great acoustic amps.

Fishman LoudBox Performer 180 watts with Bluetooth Review by Jackson Davis 

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.

The new Blueridge Quartet had numerous number one gospel songs, the biggest of which was “I Know,” which stayed at number one for two years. They dominated gospel radio when Ronnie joined The Blueridge; he came in when the group changed from gospel and went country. Faron Young was a super fan of the Blueridge Quartet, and he loved the owner of the Blueridge Quartet, Bill Crowe. We were interviewed by Jim Stafford and Faron Young on Nashville Now. they Were projected to be the next superstars of country music.

Today Ronnie is still singing and recording music. His latest release, “Finale Hour,” is sure to be a hit produced by legendary banjo player Todd Taylor, who produced the music video and recording at Pirate Records. Taylor also played banjo on this track, and he appears in the music video along with Ronnie. This is a very touching song, and Taylor's banjo really sets this song apart from any other with his unique banjo style, which only he can do. Taylor is known for pioneering rock banjo and being the first person in history to take the banjo to the worldwide weekly top 40 back in the 80’s with his smash hit "Freebird." Taylor exposed the world to rock banjo, something that had never been achieved until Taylor came along.

We give this 5 stars!

By - Jackson Davis