Last night, the Oak Ridge Boys provided a soul cleansing experience to those present at their Renfro Valley Entertainment Center performance. There was an overall feeling of love and light within the sold out crowd. One by one, each member of the quartet poured their heart into each note and lyric as they shared their musical talents.
Song after song, you could not help but wonder exactly WHERE do the Oak Ridge Boys get the energy to get up and sing. Then as they began singing the songs of their latest album, “17th Avenue Revival,” you realized where that energy came from – the good Lord up above. In fact, they shared stories of how the Lord has blessed them over the years with their success and ability to perform to the fans. There was some humor with Joe joking that folks will be singing “Pray to Jesus” in their sleep at 3:00 a.m.
A hush came over the crowd as a young vibrant child, Reed, was called upon to perform on stage. Joe Bonsall recalled receiving a video of the young man singing “Brand New Star” at a funeral. He would go out to live his dream of singing that song on stage of Renfro Valley with the Oak Ridge Boys singing backup. It was a powerful moment for all that was there. With a humble heart, he stood there and sang to the crowd.
Throughout the evening, many songs throughout the decades of the Oak Ridge Boys were performed. Everyone’s favorites, including “American Made,” “Thank God for Kids,” “You’re the One,” “Yall Come Back Saloon,” and “Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight.” The evening concluded with everyone on their feet to join in with “Elvira” and “Bobby Sue.”
They may be members of the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame with many accolades over the years. However, the Oak Ridge Boys always remain true to their fans for a memorable concert experience. In a world of darkness, be like the Oak Ridge Boys and Shine the Light.
Jessica Bray is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website. The Berea College graduate has been a music journalist and historian for over 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, historical articles, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite musicians. Jessica is proud to be a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the FFA and 4-H Clubs. In 2018, she was named one of Laurel County’s Ten Under 40 Award Recipients. In 2019, she was a member of the Inaugural class of BRIGHT Kentucky as part of Leadership Kentucky. She has been featured on the Kentucky Music Preview podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more. Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.