Oak Ridge Boys playing Marshall County Fair
It will be “boys’ night out” on July 24 when the Grammy Award-winning Oak Ridge Boys take the Marshall County Fairgrounds stage.
Richard Sterban, the Oak Ridge Boys’ bass singer, said the group plans on playing a lot of their hits, with a few gospel and patriotic songs mixed into the set. He said the show will be an event the entire family will enjoy.
“It’s going to be a good night of country music, and we encourage parents to bring their kids,” Sterban said. “There’s nothing more family friendly than a county fair.”
The Oak Ridge Boys have been staples in the music business since World War II, when a group began performing gospel music in Oak Ridge, the place where the atomic bomb was being developed.
The current Oak Ridge Boys lineup has been playing and performing together since 1973, aside from an eight-year gap when led singer Duane Allen left the group. Together, the group has produced a number of country hits, including their most famous song, “Elvira,” which earned the group a Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance by a Country Group or Duo.
The current group of Oak Ridge Boys includes lead singer Duane Allen, tenor Joe Bonsall, baritone William Lee Golden and bass singer Richard Sterban.
The Oak Ridge Boys’ most recent release was their first live concert album, “Boys Night Out.” Released in April, the 14-track album gives fans the excitement of an Oak Ridge Boys live performance, Sterban said.
The Oak Ridge Boys have performed with Ray Charles, Johnny Cash and provided backing vocals for Paul Simon’s song “Slip Slidin’ Away.” Before joining the band, Sterban also was a backup singer for Elvis.
For the better part of 40 years, the Oak Ridge Boys have managed to stay together and have longevity that few musical groups have. Sterban said they continue to have fun and still love what they’re doing.
“Over the years, we have developed a friendship between the four of us that is second to none,” Sterban said. “We’ve become the very, very, very best of friends. In fact, I think we get along better now than we did 40 years ago.”
Despite playing for so long, Sterban said he and the rest of the Oak Ridge Boys have no plans to stop playing music anytime soon.
“After all these years we’re still having fun doing what we’re doing. If you’re having fun and enjoy yourself, why retire?”
The Oak Ridge Boys will be playing at 8 p.m. July 24 at the Marshall County Fairgrounds in Warren, Minn. Tickets are $30 and can purchased at the Marshall County Extension Office or by calling the fair office at 218-745-4445.
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