The Oak Ridge Boys member updates fans on his recent surgery Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 23: (L-R) Recording Artists Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys perform at The Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum Presents 'The Oak Ridge Boys' Christmas Night Out' in CMA Theater on December 23, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame)

The Oak Ridge Boys’ Joe Bonsall told us that he was fine. He told us that his hand surgery was simply a result of a genetic condition called Dupuytren’s disease that grows around one’s tendons. He told us he wasn’t in any pain.

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“My great-great-great grandfather probably had it, and my great-great-great grandson might end up having it,” Joe told Rare Country during a recent interview following his surgery. “I have dealt with it for the past eight to 10 years, and it really affected my middle finger and my little finger on my right hand. It got to the point that I couldn’t play the banjo, but no one really knew I’ve had a problem.”

What he didn’t tell us was just how gnarly his hand would look after the surgery.

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“Hand update: Two weeks post surgery … seems to be healing well l… visited @tennessee_ortho hand center today for therapy … a process,” Joe wrote to his fans via a Sept. 13 post on Twitter showing a pic of his hand as it continues to heal.

According to recent comments made during a listening event at the recent AmericanaFest in Nashville, it looks like a new project due in the first quarter of 2018 will bring the Oaks back to their gospel roots.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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