The Oak Ridge Boys Announce Christmas Tour

(Webster) The Oak Ridge Boys are set to celebrate the 24th Anniversary of their annual Christmas Tour in 2013 with a festive show featuring live performances of holiday classics and their biggest hits. Additionally, while Richard Sterban, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, and Joe Bonsall are celebrating their 40th Anniversary of The Oak Ridge Boys, they have teamed with Compassion International as the official sponsor of the "Christmas Time's a Comin'" Tour.

"Over the course of our career we have worked with many children's relief organizations, but never have we seen a more positive response from our fans than we are seeing with Compassion International," says Oak Ridge Boy Joe Bonsall. "I believe that folks are moved by Compassion International's Christ-centered approach to feeding and educating needy kids around the world—and their amazing success rate, which is impressive! When folks sign up to help a hungry child there is a huge chance that THAT child will rise out of poverty and make a difference in the world. This is why we are excited and blessed to be working with this stellar organization."

The Oak Ridge Boys came together in 1973, beginning as gospel singers, became a top act in country music and then crossed over to pop with the monster hit "Elvira" in 1981. The song became their fourth No. 1 country hit, reached No. 5 on the pop charts, won the group a Grammy® award and went on to become one of only a handful of singles released out of Nashville ever to go double platinum. The Oak Ridge Boys recently became members of the Grand Ole Opry.

"Compassion International will be traveling with us on our Christmas Time's a Comin' Tour so folks can meet them first hand and join with us as we try to do some positive things for children. The song "Thank God For Kids" has inspired us for decades to give back and to be a special blessing to needy children. Our partnership with Compassion International enables us to fulfill those visions, and together we can make a huge difference through Christmas and beyond!" adds Bonsall.

The Oak Ridge Boys are known for creating a show atmosphere of holiday cheer with their Christmas tour, which consistently receives rave reviews and has become a holiday tradition in its own right since its start 24 years ago. The masterful blends of new and traditional yuletide tunes are enhanced by the powerhouse group's renowned four-part harmonies.

The Oak Ridge Boys will be filling the holiday season with the celebrated sounds of their Christmas Time's A Coming CD (Gaither Gospel Series). The album was released to retail outlets in 2012, with an exclusive version of the CD available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®, featuring two heartwarming bonus tracks that capture the meaning of the season. The Christmas Time's A Coming album marks the Oaks' sixth holiday CD.

Christmas Time's a Comin' Tour Dates:
Nov 12-14 - Branson, MO
Nov 16 - Wisconsin Dells, WI
Nov 19-21 - Branson, MO
Nov 25 - Portsmouth, OH
Nov 29 - Sioux Falls, SD
Nov 30 - Des Moines, IA
Dec 1 - Cheyenne, WY
Dec 2 - Salt Lake City, UT
Dec 3 - Cedar City, UT
Dec 5 - Billings, MT
Dec 6 - Boise, ID
Dec 7 - Kennewick, WA
Dec 8 - Lewiston, ID
Dec 9 - Spokane, WA
Dec 10 - Eugene, OR
Dec 11 - Redding, CA
Dec 12 - Yountville, CA
Dec 13 - Northridge, CA
Dec 14 - Coachella, CA
Dec 15 - Tucson, AZ
Dec 16 - Amarillo, TX
Dec 17 - Topeka, KS
Dec 18 - Cedar Rapids, IA
Dec 19 - Wabash, IN
Dec 20 - Akron, OH
Dec 21 - Toledo, OH
Dec 22 - Green Bay, WI

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