November 7, 2012
Shawnee State University and the Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association (SOPAA) present The Oak Ridge Boys in their "Christmas Times a-Coming Tour" at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29 at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.
Their new CD "Christmas Times a-Coming" was released September 21 by Spring House Music Group and includes a dozen favorite Christmas songs.
Each year the group performs more than 150 times from state fairs to theaters in the round and symphony halls, festivals and arenas nationwide.
The Oak Ridge Boys is one of the longest-running groups in country music, and started out as a gospel quartet during World War II before gradually modernizing their style and moving into secular country-pop.
At the height of their popularity in the late 1970s and early 1980s — when they were big enough to cross over to the pop charts — their sound always remained deeply rooted in country gospel harmony.
The group has received numerous awards and more recently they have received Dove Award for Music Video of the Year and the Southern Gospel Music Guild President's Award, 2010.
In 2011, the Oak Ridge Boys and Cracker Barrel released the Oaks' new single, "What'cha Gonna Do?" to country radio. Internet sensation Keenan Cahill joined the group for the taping of their viral music video for the song.
In 2011 the Oaks' CD, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store released a new and exclusive Oak Ridge Boys CD entitled "It's Only Natural." The album features five new and seven signature songs, including a re-recording of the Oaks' double platinum-selling single, "Elvira."
Traveling with the group are some 20 men, 10 performers along with a road manager, stage manager, lighting and sound technicians and other crew members.
Tickets for the show are $39 for adults, $36 for seniors, $29 for students, $22 for children age 12 and under and $35 each for a group of 20 or more.