The Oak Ridge Boys have had a long and storied career culminating in the recent announcement that they will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this year. It seems like the perfect time for this new book to come out, written by Joe Bonsall. “On The Road With The Oak Ridge Boys: Forty Years Of Untold Stories And Adventures” is in stores now.
“When the lights dim, the theme music begins to play, and our band members begin to take up their positions, it’s just as exciting today as it has always been throughout our long history,” says Joe Bonsall, tenor of the group and author of On the Road with The Oak Ridge Boys. “We know that people have gathered to hear us sing our songs, and we never take one person in the audience for granted.”
“Through all these many miles we’ve traveled and everything we’ve been through together for more than 40 years, we haven’t really changed much as we’ve gotten older,” says Bonsall. “Singing, doing things right, honoring God and families in our lives… these things are still what really matter the most to each of us.”
In an excerpt from the press release about the book, it is noted that:
In On the Road with The Oak Ridge Boys, Bonsall takes readers on a backstage tour of life in the country music industry and the multi-faceted career of the Oaks. Through colorful stories and a touch of nostalgia, Bonsall shares about the history behind the group, introduces readers to each of the Oaks, and gives readers a front row seat to what it’s like to travel the country in a tour bus equipped with lounges, technology, and multiple television sets. He also shares numerous stories of legendary fans (like 100-year-old Addaline Huff) as well as celebrities the Oaks have sung for and rubbed shoulders with throughout the years, including country stars like Garth Brooks and Kenny Rogers and Presidents from Gerald Ford to George W. Bush.
“When we’re asked about our most memorable moments as Oak Ridge Boys, we often recall the honor of singing in the White House and our friendships with many of our nation’s presidents,” says Bonsall. “And why not? It’s simply the truth that these events have provided us with some of our greatest memories.”
“Our little song has passed down through the generations,” says Bonsall. “Perhaps it’s a big reason The Oak Ridge Boys are still around. Our music, our shows, and our own American spirit have been passed down from grandparents to parents to young couples and even on to their children. We see them all at our shows—still singing ‘Elvira’ with the Boys!”