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The Oak Ridge Boys announce new 'Down Home Christmas' album, tour

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Wed, Jul 24th 2019 03:10 pm
The Oak Ridge Boys (Photo courtesy of 2911 Media)
The Oak Ridge Boys (Photo courtesy of 2911 Media)

Produced by Dave Cobb, 'Down Home Christmas' will be available Oct. 25

Grammy Award-winning Country Music Hall of Fame members The Oak Ridge Boys will once again celebrate the Christmas season with their timeless hits and holiday classics on their “Down Home Christmas Tour.” The Oak Ridge Boys will perform over 30 concerts. They’re set to kick-off Nov. 13 in Branson, Missouri, playing in 28 cities and 14 states across the U.S. The show stops at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda on Dec. 5.

In conjunction with the tour, the Oaks' latest Christmas album, “Down Home Christmas,” produced by Dave Cobb, will be released by Lightning Rod Records/Thirty Tigers on Oct. 25.

Each year, The Oak Ridge Boys travel all over the U.S. spreading Christmas cheer by performing Christmas classics, new favorites and many of the hits that shaped the career of this legendary group. The Oak Ridge Boys' set list will take audiences on a hit-filled musical journey of holiday cheer from the group's seven best-selling Christmas albums, along with songs from the new “Down Home Christmas” album, which includes standards such as "Amazing Grace" and "Silent Night," but also new favorites "Don't Go Pullin' On Santa Claus Beard" written by Americana hit-maker Anderson East, and "South Alabama Christmas" by Jamey Johnson.

" ‘Down Home Christmas’ began much like the other seven Christmas albums we have recorded. But things changed. Most of the songs I had collected were put on the shelf, and we started looking for songs that addressed specific subjects related to Christmas," says The Oaks' Duane Allen. "Dave Cobb was the producer/coach/motivator for this project. He encouraged us to dig a little deeper into our souls, to capture the magic of each song. With very simple instrumentation, the four Oak Ridge Boys' voices are out front, and in your face, with the awesome, huge sound of RCA Studio A wrapped around, but not over-powering it."

" ‘Down Home Christmas’ is a project that we are happy to share with the world and, rest assured, you will hear these songs on our upcoming 30th annual Christmas tour," Joe Bonsall said. "The instrumentation is sparse, yet incredibly put together, and the vocals are rich and vibrant. Many of the songs were freshly written by a stable of Nashville’s top songwriters."

“Down Home Christmas” marks the Oaks' 30th annual Christmas tour, eighth Christmas album, and third album collaboration with producer Cobb.

The group – Allen, Bonsall, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban – are best known for their iconic and multi-Platinum hit “Elvira,” along with chart-toppers “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God For Kids,” “Y’All Come Back Saloon” and “American Made.” The Oak Ridge Boys have achieved a decorated career, winning five Grammy Awards plus multiple CMA, ACM and Dove Awards for their crossover brand of pop, country and gospel music that spans multiple generations.

The Oak Ridge Boys became members of the Grand Ole Opry in 2011 and achieved arguably country music’s highest honor in October 2015 when they were inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame.

The Oak Ridge Boys, who have sold over 41 million units worldwide. For more information or to view upcoming tour dates, visit oakridgeboys.com.

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