Country Music Hall of Fame members, The Oak Ridge Boys have officially announced their Farewell Tour after 50 years of touring. The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits and a Number One Pop smash, earned Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Their string of hits includes the Country-Pop chart-topper Elvira, as well as Bobbie Sue, Dream On, Thank God For Kids, American Made, I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes, Fancy Free, Gonna Take A Lot Of River and many others. The group has scored 12 gold, three platinum, and one double platinum album—plus one double platinum single—and had more than a dozen national Number One singles and over 30 Top Ten hits.
Original group members Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban are joined by newcomer Ben James who has replaced Joe Bonsall for the remainder of the tour due to health issues. Bonsall recently announced. “Many of you know I have been battling a slow onset neuromuscular disorder,” “I am now at a point where walking is impossible, so I have basically retired from the road. It has been a great 50 years that I will never forget. There is a young man named Ben James singing for me out there, and he needs your love and encouragement. He brings a ton of talent to the table. The Oak Ridge Boys will finish the Farewell Tour without me, but rest assured, I am good with all of it! God’s Got It!!!”
“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. This tour is for you!” “I want to thank God for 50 years of singing with three of my best friends and for the fans who have been there for us,” shares Richard Sterban. “This is a celebration and we hope to see you there.”