Monday, October 23, 2017

Oak Ridge Boys in Roland Nov. 3

The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys are some of the most recognizable sounds in the music industry. On Nov. 3, the Grammy award-winning Oak Ridge Boys bring 50 years of tradition to the Lee Creek Tavern stage, inside Cherokee Casino & Hotel Roland.

The show begins at 8 p.m. and is free to the public.

The Oaks represent a tradition that extends back to World War II. The original group was near Knoxville, Tenn., as the Oak Ridge Quartet. The foursome performed music in nearby towns, and began making regular Grand Old Opry appearances in 1945.

Time magazine soon recognized them as one of the top drawing gospel groups in the nation. Their name officially changed to The Oak Ridge Boys in the early 1960s and their image followed to concentrate more on making country music.

The Oak Ridge Boys have scored 12 Gold, three Platinum and one Double-Platinum album, including “Fancy Free,” “Bobbie Sue,” “American Made” and ‘Deliver.”

“Elvira,” a Double-Platinum single from their “Fancy Free” record, is one of 17 US Country Top 10 hits. Other No. 1 songs include, “Trying to Love Two Women,” “I’ll Be True To You,” “American Made,” “Everyday,” “Little Things” and “Bobbie Sue.” The band has released more than 30 Top 10 singles to date.

Their distinctive sound has earned the group five Grammy awards; eight GMA Dove Awards; four CMA Awards and two ACMA awards, including 1978 Vocal Group and 1981 Single of the Year.

The Oak Ridge Boys was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2000 and Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015.

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Cherokee Casino & Hotel Roland is located off Highway 64 on Cherokee Boulevard in Roland.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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