Oak Ridge Boys performing Elvira at the Kentucky State Fair – photo by Jessica Blankenship
The Boys are back – the Oak Ridge Boys that is. Over 7000 country music fans joined in the excitement of welcoming the Oak Ridge Boys perform their 33rd show at the Kentucky State Fair on Sunday, August 23rd, 2009.
Right off the bat with their title track from their latest album The Boys Are Back, the Oak Ridge Boys took fans back through a musical journey of their hit songs over the years. With songs such as “Dream On,” “Trying to Love to Women,” “Ya’ll Come Back Saloon,” the boys captured the hearts of fans with the classics. They also showcased several of the songs on their new album. They sang “Seven Nation Army” from the White Stripes and the classic hymnal “Troubling Mind”.
Their newest single to be released will be “Mama’s Table”, a song written by singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson. The song fit perfectly with the Oak Ridge Boys vocals that is as deep and pure as the wood on an old country kitchen table full of memories.
After playing for 1 1/2 hours, the Oak Ridge Boys retired their set with “Elvira” with an enthusiastic standing ovation. Fans chanting “We Want More!” were greeted once again with a rousing rendition of “Amazing Grace” that you could hear a pin drop from the stillness. Those that were leaving the stadium after “Elvira” stopped in their place after hearing the powerful vocals.
Even after 30+ years, the Oak Ridge Boys still have it and they are definitely back stronger than ever.
Jessica Blankenship 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, Hollercast podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more. Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.