Big Announcement from The Oak Ridge Boys

The Oak Ridge Boys Release New Album ‘Down Home Christmas’ Today & Celebrate 30th Annual Christmas Tour Kicking Off On November 13

Produced By Dave Cobb, ‘Down Home Christmas’ Is Available Everywhere Today

Billboard Magazine Premieres All New Festive Video For “Reindeer On The Roof,” With Cameo Appearances By John Rich, Dennis Quaid & Jamey Johnson; Shot At Santa’s Pub In Nashville

Oak Ridge Boys Commemorate New Album Release With Upcoming Appearances on HUCKABEE, Nashville Insider, Country Gold With Terri Clark, and more!
“The Oak Ridge Boys got their own little Christmas miracle while recording their new holiday album…”
– Deborah Evans Price, Billboard Magazine

“If the holiday season is all about long-held traditions, then pushing play on an Oak Ridge Boys Christmas album should absolutely be up there with spiking the egg nog, arguing with your crazy uncle and watching “A Christmas Story” for 24 hours straight.”
– Kelly Dearmore, Sounds Like Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – GRAMMY® Award-winning and Country Music Hall of Fame members, The Oak Ridge Boys, have released their 8th holiday themed album today, Down Home Christmas, available everywhere music is sold from Lightning Rod Records/Thirty Tigers. The new album marks the 3rd collaboration with famed Nashville hit-making Producer Dave Cobb. Down Home Christmas includes standards such as “Amazing Grace” and “Silent Night,” plus new originals like “Don’t Go Pullin’ On Santa Claus’ Beard” written by Americana hit-maker Anderson East and Aaron Raitiere, and “South Alabama Christmas,” written by Jamey Johnson, Bill Anderson and Buddy Cannon.

Billboard Magazine Premieres “Reindeer On The Roof” Video
Billboard Magazine premiered [click to view] an all new video today for “Reindeer On The Roof,” a fun and festive original tune that puts Oaks singer Richard Sterban in the spotlight with his one-of-a-kind basso cantante. Shot on location at Nashville’s famed Santa’s Pub, the video also features cameo appearances by John Rich, Dennis Quaid and Jamey Johnson.

30th Annual Down Home Christmas Tour
Each year The Oak Ridge Boys travel all over the United States spreading Christmas cheer by performing holiday classics, and fun new favorites plus many of the hits that shaped the career of this legendary vocal quartet. On November 13 in Branson, Missouri, they’ll embark on their 30th annual holiday-themed tour, with more than 30 concerts on tap in 28 cities and 16 states throughout the U.S.

The Oak Ridge Boys’ set list will take audiences on a hit-filled musical journey of holiday cheer from the group’s seven best-selling Christmas albums, along with performances from the new Down Home Christmas album.

“It is so hard to believe that our 30th Annual Christmas Tour is upon us,” said lead singer Joe Bonsall. “It seems like yesterday when Marie Osmond and all of us were planning our first tour called The Magic Of Christmas back in 1989. With different variations production-wise, and by gleaning fresh material from our eight different Christmas albums, we have maintained this energetic and challenging tour every year since. This year we will perform 31 full production Christmas shows across the Midwest and Northeast, and once again the show will be refreshed by utilizing all of the new songs from our new Down Home Christmas album, produced by Dave Cobb.”

Down Home Christmas Track Listing:
1. The Family Piano (Aaron Raitiere)
2. Angels (Aaron Raitiere)
3. Bring Daddy Home (Channing Wilson, Aaron Raitiere)
4. Reindeer On The Roof (Jake Mitchell, Aaron Raitiere)
5. Silent Night (Franz Gruber, Joseph Mohr)
6. Hallelujah Emmanuel (Robert Jason, Paul Bradley Sr.)
7. Down Home Christmas (Mando Saenz, Aaron Raitiere)
8. South Alabama Christmas (Jamey Johnson, Bill Anderson, Buddy Cannon)
9. Don’t Go Pullin’ On Santa Claus’ Beard (Anderson East, Aaron Raitiere)
10. Amazing Grace (spoken introduction by Joseph Bonsall)
11. Amazing Grace (John Newton)

Album Name: Down Home Christmas
Release date: October 25, 2019
Pre-sale date: October 4, 2019
Label: Lightning Rod Records/Thirty Tigers
UPC: 644216238361
DISC: LRR38361
Produced by: Dave Cobb
Buy/Stream/Listen at orcd.co/downhomechristmas

Oak Ridge Boys Down Home Christmas Tour:
NOV 13 -The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo.
NOV 14 – The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo.
NOV 15 – Orpheum Theatre / Sioux City, Iowa
NOV 16 – Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel / Deadwood, S.D.
NOV 17 – Aberdeen Civic Arena / Aberdeen, S.D.
NOV 18 – Wild Rose Casino & Resort / Jefferson, Iowa
NOV 19 – Hartman Arena / Park City, Kan.
NOV 20 – The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo.
NOV 21 – The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo.
NOV 22 – Peoria Civic Center Theater / Peoria, Ill.
NOV 23 – The Vern Riffe Center For The Arts / Portsmouth, Ohio
NOV 24 – River City Casino / St. Louis, Mo.
NOV 29 – Carson Center / Paducah, Ky.
NOV 30 – Memorial Hall / Independence, Kan.
DEC 01 – McCain Auditorium / Manhattan, Kan.
DEC 04 – UMBC Events Center / Baltimore, Md.
DEC 05 – Riviera Theatre / N. Tonawanda, N.Y.
DEC 06 – Palace Theatre / Greensburg, Pa.
DEC 07 – Roland E. Powell Convention Center / Ocean City, Md.
DEC 08 – Sherman Theater / Stroudsburg, Pa.
DEC 10 – Brown County Music Center / Nashville, Ind.
DEC 11 – Paramount Theater / Anderson, Ind.
DEC 12 – Holland Civic Center / Holland, Mich.
DEC 13 – Leelanau Sands Casino Showroom / Peshawbestown, Mich.
DEC 14 – Honeywell Center / Wabash, Ind.
DEC 15 – Renfro Valley Entertainment Center / Renfro Valley, Ky.
DEC 18 – Mayo Civic Center Presentation / Rochester, Minn
DEC 19 – Five Flags Center / Dubuque, Iowa
DEC 20 – Shooting Star Casino Hotel / Mahnomen, Minn.
DEC 21 – Crystal Grand Music Theatre / Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
DEC 22 – Rialto Square Theatre / Joliet, Ill.
For entire tour schedule, please click here.

About The Oak Ridge Boys:
The Oak Ridge Boys, who have sold over 41 million units worldwide, are synonymous with “America, apple pie, baseball, pop, rock, gospel and country music.” In addition to their awards and accolades in the country and pop music fields, they have garnered five GRAMMY® Awards and nine GMA DOVE Awards as well as the Mainstream Artist of the Year Award at the ICM Awards. The group—Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban—have earned prestigious membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame (2015 Inductees) and Grand Ole Opry, and are known worldwide as one of recording history’s most extraordinary musical successes. They have charted single after single and album after album, celebrating one double-platinum album and one double-platinum single and more than 30 Top 10 hits, including No. 1 chart-toppers “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God For Kids,” “American Made,” “Y’All Come Back Saloon,” among dozens more. For more information and to view upcoming tour dates for The Oak Ridge Boys, please visit oakridgeboys.com.

Over 50 Artists Join Forces To Honor Michael W. Smith At Bridgestone Arena

Last night Nashville, TN’s Bridgestone Arena became home to a once-in-a-lifetime, star-studded tribute event honoring Michael W. Smith and celebrating his 35-year career and his 35 #1 hits.

Nashville, Tenn. – 35 Years Of Friends: Celebrating The Music Of Michael W. Smith was packed with over 3 hours of performances from singers including: Amy Grant, Wynonna, Randy Travis with Steven Curtis Chapman, Jordin Sparks with Jordan Smith, Rascal Flatts, The Backstreet Boys’ Brian Littrell, Charlie Daniels, the Gatlin Brothers, Vince Gill with Wayne Kirkpatrick, Matthew West, Avalon, The Oak Ridge Boys, CeCe Winans, Francesca Battistelli, Sandi Patty with Natalie Grant, Ricky Skaggs with the Isaacs, Jason Crabb, Lee Greenwood, Mark Lowry, Jim Brickman, T. Graham Brown and more.

Before the show started, Smith spoke of how he had been kept in the dark about most of the event so he was looking forward to the surprises throughout the night, seeing his songs performed and the rendition that the artists were going to take on them. He stated that “the beauty of the night is how it has brought so many of us together.”

Kathie Lee Gifford kicked off the night bringing Smith and his wife Deborah out to greet the crowd before they took their seats on stage. Smith didn’t stay seated long as he joined several artists throughout the night on his iconic songs and even some of theirs.

Highlights throughout the night included:

  • Randy Travis walking out on stage with his wife Mary Travis as his version of Smith’s “Above All” played. An emotional Smith stood as Travis made his way to him before embracing
  • After performing “How Great Thou Art” Charlie Daniels brought out his fiddle for “Devil Went Down to Georgia” while Smith accompanied him on piano
  • Taped messages from Smith’s dear friends: former President George W. Bush, U2’s Bono and Franklin Graham
  • American Idol winner Jordin Sparks joining The Voice winner Jordan Smith performing “All is Well”
  • Rascal Flatts putting their spin on “Pray for Me”
  • A visibly moved Wynonna, joining Michael Tait, Matt Maher, Avalon and CeCe Winans on “Help Is on the Way” then Smith jumping to the piano to join her for a rendition of his “Majesty”
  • Smith’s longtime friend and tour-mate Amy Grant inviting him to accompany her on the piano during their “Love Will Find a Way”

The show closed with all the artists coming back on stage to join-in for Smith’s classic “Friends.”

After playing the piano, Smith embraced the end of the triumphant night moving to the front of the stage to take a bow as his family joined him.

Promoted by Outback Concerts and produced by Tony Conway of Conway Entertainment Group, music lovers experienced over 50 artists from all genres, performing a set list that included many of Smith’s 35 #1 hit singles. With over 45 Dove awards, three Grammy awards, and an American Music award, Michael W. Smith has forever enshrined his mark in the music history books. Smith garnered yet another Grammy nomination in 2018 for ‘Best Contemporary Christian Music Album’ for his worship effort, SurroundedAWAKEN: The Surrounded Experienceis Smith’s latest release (Feb. 22, 2019).

“35 Years Of Friends: Celebrating The Music Of Michael W. Smith” full setlist:
Phil Keaggy, Mac Powell, Phillips, Craig & Dean, Point of Grace – “Agnus Dei”
Jason Crabb – “Love Crusade”
Ricky Skaggs with The Isaacs – “I’d Rather Have Jesus”
Zach Williams – “I’ll Stand”
David Hamilton – Instrumental
David Hamilton, Jordin Sparks, Jordan Smith – “All is Well”
Matthew West – “Go West”
Charlie Daniels – “How Great Thou Art”
Charlie Daniels with Michael W. Smith – “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”
Jars of Clay – “I’ll Lead You Home”
Rascal Flatts – “Pray for Me”
Avalon with Jay DeMarcus – “I Will Be Here”
Mark Lowry – “Face in This World”
Gatlin Brothers with Phillips, Craig & Dean – “Shine On Us”
Sandi Patty and Natalie Grant – “How Majestic”
Jim Brickman – “Love of My Life”
Michael W. Smith with original band – “Could He Be Messiah,” “Be Strong,” “You Need a Savior”
Randy Travis and Steven Curtis Chapman – “Above All”
Lee Greenwood with Wes King and sons – “There She Stands”
Brian Littrell – “Place in This World”
Michael W. Smith – “Secret Ambition”
Oak Ridge Boys – “Draw Me Close”
Nicole C. Mullen, Danny Gokey, Katinas, Matthew Ward, Calvin Nowell – “Crown Him with Many Crowns, ” “Easter Song”
CeCe Winans with Point of Grace – “King of Glory”
Matt Maher – “This is Your Time”
Laura Story with Francesca Battistelli – “How to Say Goodbye”
Russ Taff – “Healing Rain”
Wayne Kirkpatrick with Vince Gill – “Never Been Unloved”
Mark Hall – “I’m Waiting on You”
Tait, Matt Maher, Avalon, Wynonna, CeCe Winans – “Help Is on the Way”
Wynonna – “Majesty”
Amy Grant with Michael W. Smith – “Love Will Find a Way,” “Thy Word”
All sing including T. Graham Brown – “Friends”

About Michael W. Smith:
Michael W. Smith has been releasing new music regularly and performing around the world to sold-out crowds for the last 35+ years. During his storied career, he’s written over 35 #1 songs, been honored with three GRAMMY® Awards and 45 Dove Awards, one American Music Award, was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and has sold more than 15 million albums. His most recent USA Today, Yahoo! Music and Billboard-acclaimed studio album A Million Lights and Parade, Good Morning America-featured and GRAMMY nominated live worship albumSurrounded have together become his 30th and 31st Top 10 hits on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums chart, more than any other solo artist in history. He’s also given back to the global community. Smith has raised funds to battle AIDS in Africa; started Rocketown, a safe haven for young people in Tennessee to meet and find hope; and has helped more than 70,000 children through Compassion International. He has also written several bestselling books, including Old Enough To Know and Friends Are Friends Forever. For more information, visitwww.michaelwsmith.com.

About Outback Concerts:
Outback Concerts is an independent, full-service concert and comedy promoter based in Nashville, TN. In addition to producing hundreds of concerts and events each year, ranging from clubs to arenas across the country and Canada, Outback Concerts also produces the Nashville Comedy Festival. Outback Concerts President Mike Smardak was a 2011 inductee of the IEBA Hall of Fame. In November of 2016, Mike Smardak was honored with a distinguished NATD Award alongside Nashville’s most recognized members of the entertainment industry. In March of 2018, Smardak was honored by the T.J. Martell Foundation with the Tony Martell Outstanding Entertainment Achievement Award. Promoter Andrew Farwell was voted IEBA Rookie of the Year in 2014.

About Conway Entertainment Group:
Conway Entertainment Group is a full-service talent agency comprising live events, booking and talent management. CEG is built firmly on the foundation of Tony Conway’s forty years of experience in the industry, climbing the ranks from agent to CEO of Buddy Lee Attractions, Inc., one of the world’s largest agencies. In 2009, Conway sold his interest in BLA and opened Conway Entertainment Group with the desire to use his expertise from years of representing and negotiating some of the biggest tours, sponsorships, licensing deals, and literary, film and TV projects to come out of Music City.

New From The Oak Ridge Boys

The Oak Ridge Boys Team Up With Grammy Museum For Intimate Performance on February 15th

TV Alert: The Oaks Set To Perform On Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Tomorrow!

LOS ANGELES, Calif.The Oak Ridge Boys announce the exclusive premiere of their latest video, “Pray To Jesus,” a song that was originally recorded by its co-writer, Brandy Clark, who was GRAMMY nominated for “Best New Artist” in 2015, at Billboard.com. The new track is included in the Oaks’ forthcoming album, 17th Avenue Revival, available everywhere March 16th on Lightning Rod Records.

Recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A and produced by acclaimed pop/rock producer Dave Cobb, 17th Avenue Revival finds The Oak Ridge Boys returning to their gospel roots. But a different kind of gospel. One that took a hard look at the early days of rock and roll, which was influenced by spiritual, or black gospel.

The Oak Ridge Boys are also set to play the prestigious GRAMMY Museum’s Clive Davis Theater on February 15th, for an intimate conversation and performance spotlighting 17th Avenue Revival. The performance will be hosted by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman.

The Oak Ridge Boys will continue the promotional trail as they make an appearance on Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family on February 15th. In addition to providing a little help in the kitchen with hosts Mark Steines & Debbie Matenopoulos, fans can catch a special performance by The Oak Ridge Boys.

Tour Schedule:

Feb 16 Cache Creek Casino Resort / Brooks, Calif.

Feb 17 Cactus Petes Resort Casino Gala Showroom / Jackpot, Nev.

Feb 22 Mobile Civic Center Theater / Mobile, Ala.

Mar 01 Florida Strawberry Festival / Plant City, Fla.

Mar 03 Seminole Casino / Immokalee, Fla.

Mar 07 Bridgestone Arena / Nashville, Tenn.

Mar 16 Birchmere / Alexandria, Va.

Mar 17 American Music Theatre / Lancaster, Pa.

Mar 18 Sellersville Theater 1894 / Sellersville, Pa.

Mar 23 Paramount Theatre / Middletown, N.Y.

Mar 24 Zeiterion Performing Arts Center / New Bedford, Mass.

Mar 30 Harvester Performance Center / Rocky Mount, Va.

Mar 31 Harrington Raceway & Casino / Harrington, Del.

Apr 06 Stiefel Theatre / Salina, Ks.

Apr 07 Riverwind Casino / Norman, Okla.

Apr 08 Texan Theater / Greenville, Texas

Apr 13 Newberry Opera House / Newberry, S.C.

Apr 14 Alabama Theatre / North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Apr 20 The Mansion Theater / Branson, Mo.

Apr 21 The Mansion Theater / Branson, Mo.

Apr 22 Oxford Performing Arts Center / Oxford, Ala.

Apr 27 Medina Entertainment Center / Medina, Minn.

Apr 28 The Arcada Theater, Saint Charles, IL

Apr 29 Peoples Bank Theatre / Marietta, Ohio

Apr 30 Packard Music Hall / Warren, Ohio

May 04 Peoples Bank Theatre / Marietta, Ohio

May 05 BMI Speedway / Versailles, Ohio

May 06 Civic Center / Des Moines, Iowa

May 12 Little River Casino Resort / Manistee, Mich.

May 18 del Lago Resort & Casino / Waterloo, N.Y.

May 19 Paramount Theatre / Rutland, VT

May 20 The Cabot / Beverly, Mass.

May 26 Atwood Music Festival / Monticello, Miss.

Jun 01 Beaver Dam Amphitheatre / Beaver Dam, Ky.

Jun 02 Renfro Valley Entertainment Center / Renfro Valley, Ky.

Jun 08-09 Hartville Kitchen / Hartville, Ohio

Jun 16 Porterfield Country Fest / Marinette, Wisc.

Jun 22 Howard County Fair / Cresco, Iowa

Jun 30 Horseshoe Bossier City / Bossier City, La.

About The Oak Ridge Boys:

The Oak Ridge Boys, who have sold over 41 million units worldwide, are synonymous with “America, apple pie, baseball, pop, rock, gospel and country music.” In addition to their awards and accolades in the country and pop music fields, they have garnered five GRAMMY® Awards and nine GMA DOVE Awards as well as the Mainstream Artist of the Year Award at the ICM Awards. The group—Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban—have earned prestigious membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame (2015 Inductees) and Grand Ole Opry, and are known worldwide as one of recording history’s most extraordinary musical successes. They have charted single after single and album after album, celebrating two double-platinum albums and more than 30 Top 10 hits, including No. 1 chart-toppers “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God For Kids,” “American Made,” “Y’All Come Back Saloon,” among dozens more. For more information and to view upcoming tour dates for The Oak Ridge Boys, please visit oakridgeboys.com.

About Billboard Magazine:

Billboard is the world’s most influential music media brand reaching key executives and tastemakers in and around the music business through Billboard Magazine, Billboard.biz, Billboard Conferences, Billboard Bulletin, and other targeted newsletters, and millions of music fans through Billboard.com and Billboard Events. The Billboard brand is built on its exclusive charts and unrivaled reporting on the latest news, issues and trends across all genres of music. Billboard receives hundreds of millions of brand impressions daily through many strategic relationships with major companies across various industries. These relationships leverage Billboard’s brand recognition, proprietary chart data and information resources to develop products, live events and print, television, radio, digital and mobile platforms. In addition to North America, Billboard operates businesses in Brazil, Greece, Japan, Korea and Russia.

About Hallmark Channel:

Hallmark Channel is Crown Media Family Networks’ flagship 24-hour cable television network, distributed nationwide in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to 88 million homes. As the country’s leading destination for quality family entertainment, Hallmark Channel delivers on the 100-year legacy of the Hallmark brand. In addition to its signature new, original movies, the network features an ambitious lineup of other new, original content, including scripted primetime series, such as “Good Witch,” “When Calls the Heart” and “Chesapeake Shores”; annual specials including “Kitten Bowl” and “Hero Dog Awards”; and a daily, two-hour lifestyle show, “Home & Family.” Additionally, Hallmark Channel is the exclusive home to world premiere presentations of the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise. Dedicated to helping viewers celebrate life’s special moments, Hallmark Channel also offers annual holiday programming franchises, including “Countdown to Christmas,” “Countdown to Valentine’s Day,” “Summer Nights,” “Fall Harvest” and “Winterfest.” Rounding out the network’s diverse slate are some of television’s most beloved comedies and series, including “The Golden Girls” and “Frasier.”

About Lightning Rod Records:

Formed in 2007, Lightning Rod Records is a Nashville-based independent record label. Over the last ten years, Lightning Rod has released albums by acclaimed artists such as James McMurtry, Billy Joe Shaver, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Paul Cauthen, and Joe Pug.