The Oak Ridge Boys will be bringing back its unique blend of four-part harmony for two performances set to take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., in Galveston.
The legendary quartet, who were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015, features lead singer Duane Allen; Richard Sterban, bass; Joe Bonsall, tenor; and William Lee Golde, baritone. The group has been performing for more than four decades and will bring its blend of classic gospel, country and patriotic music to Texas’ oldest theater where they love to perform.
Sterban, who has been singing since the age of 4, always had a passion for singing; especially considering his voice is pretty distinctive when he opens his mouth.
“I have always loved to sing gospel, country, and rock ‘n’ roll,” Sterban said. “I would sing in church and sing for the neighbors. The early doo-wop groups turned me on as did Elvis, but in my midteens I was really moved by the great Southern style gospel quartets and therefore set my sights on harmony singing.”
Songs such as “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue,” “Dream On,” “Thank God for Kids,” “American Made” and “I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes,” which just happens to be Sterban’s favorite song by the Boys because it was his mom’s favorite song, will be showcased this weekend at The Grand.
Sterban credits songs such as these as well as the countless other hits that have helped the group maintain its staying power and still have a relevancy to not only old fans, but new ones as well.
“Singing good songs that have lasting power is a huge stone on the mountain, but what I think people really love about this group is the spirit and dedication and sheer love for what we do that shines through each individual Oak,” Sterban said. “To a man we realize that we bring a ton of history to that stage every night and we never take a song or a person in that crowd for granted and somehow I think people can feel this. Folks come out to hear us over and over again and even pass us down through their family. Perhaps this is why we are still around today … God has been very good to The Oak Ridge Boys.”
The group has won several accolades including Grammy, Dove, American Country Music and Country Music Association awards, and have garnered 12 gold, three platinum and one double-platinum album, one double-platinum single and had more than a dozen national No. 1 singles and more than 30 Top-10 hits through the years.
With all of this success, the group has no plans on slowing down and/or retiring anytime soon.
“This is a group of forward-thinking men, who love this group and love moving this group further down the road,” Sterban said. “We are booked heavy in 2017 and beyond, and we are also planning on recording a new album this summer and new music can take us a long way to doing just that. We figure God will tell us when to stop because we really have no idea how to do it.”
Ticket prices vary. For ticket information, visit www.thegrand.com or call 800-821-1894.
“The show will be fast-paced as usual with a lot of music covering a lot of ground,” Sterban said. “We will sing the hits, as well as some gospel and even wave the flag a little because all of that is what The Oak Ridge Boys are all about. It is a clean show so you can bring the kids and grandma and not have to worry. There is always a surprise or two as well … hope to see y’all there.”