The Oak Ridge Boys play their most famous on country’s most famous stage

It was the song that changed everything for legendary country group The Oak Ridge Boys, and the place that cemented their position in Nashville forever. And back in 2012, they celebrated both when they performed their hit “Elvira” on the Grand Ole Opry stage as part of the “Noteworthy at the Opry” special on GAC.

It’s just one of the many highlights in their more than 40 year career.

“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 the brand new book “On the Road with The Oak Ridge Boys.” “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. Singing, doing things right, honoring God and families in our lives… these things are still what really matter the most to each of us.”

The new book will serve as a whirlwind trip through life both on and off the stage, and the part that fateful song played within the trajectory of their career. “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!”

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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