The Oak Ridge Boys Announce Farewell Tour

American country and gospel music singers The Oak Ridge Boys (L-R: Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban) perform on stage backed by a live band, 1982.
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The Oak Ridge Boys have some special milestones to celebrate! This October marks the 50th anniversary of the band and to commemorate their long career, they have announced their final tour called American Made: Farewell Tour. The group, featuring Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban, wants to thank fans for 50 years of love with one last, rockin’ set of shows.

Golden shared about the tour, “We are doing a farewell tour because we owe it to our fans to say goodbye. They have always been there for us through the good times and the bad. I will always be thankful to every person who came out to a show, bought a t-shirt, played our music, and overall, loved us enough to spend their hard-earned money whenever they could. This tour is for you!”

THE WORLD'S LARGEST COUNTRY MUSIC SHOW, from left: Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall (of The Oak Ridge Boys), Dottie West, Kenny Rogers, William Lee Golden, Richard Sterban (of the Oak Ridge Boys), (aired April 5, 1978).

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Sherban added, “I want to thank God for 50 years of singing with three of my best friends and for the fans who have been there for us. This is a celebration and we hope to see you there.” The Oak Ridge Boys are known for their hit songs including 1983’s “American Made,” “Bobbie Sue,” “Leaving Louisiana In The Board Daylight,” and “Elvira.” They are also designated as America’s national anthem singers by the MENC (National Association for Music Educators).

Their contributions to gospel and country music have not gone unnoticed. They have received many awards during their long-running career including five Grammys, four Academy of Country Music awards, and five Billboard awards, to name a few. They are featured in the Country Music Hall of Fame, Vocal Group Hall of Fame, Gospel Music Hall of Fame and are members of the iconic Grand Ole Opry.

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 08: William Lee Golden, Richard Sterban, Joe Bonsall, and Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys attend the 2016 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 8, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee

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Bonsall concluded, “I was 25 years old in 1973 when I joined The Oak Ridge Boys. I am 75 years old in 2023 and I am STILL an Oak Ridge Boy. It has been and still IS an amazing ride.” To check out all of the dates for the shows and get tickets, click here.

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