One of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry is coming to the 162nd Bureau County Fair in Princeton on Thursday August 24th. It's the four-part harmonies of the Oak Ridge Boys.
The Oaks have spawned 17 number one songs and sold over 41 million records, winning 5 Grammy awards, 11 dove awards and 4 CMA awards along the way. They are also 2015 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees.
Since 1973, the line up has remained - William Lee Golden, lead singer; Duane Allen, Richard Sterban, and Joe Bonsall, bringing over 50 years of Country music tradition to every show. The Oak's roots date back to Knoxville, Tennessee and were one of the top drawing gospel groups in the nation according to Time Magazine. In the early 70's, another Bureau County Fair alumni performer Johnny Cash booked them on his show in Vegas. He told them "there's magic in the four of you." He believed in them. Then in 1975, Roy Clark's manager Jim Halsey asked them to open for Roy.
The outcome of that was Jim becoming their manager, and 1977's "Y'all Come Back Saloon", their first country album and "I'll be true to you", the Oak's first number one song. Thirty One studio albums later, the Oaks continue to be one of Country music's truly legendary acts. They still perform some 150 dates each year through out the U.S. and Canada.
Tickets On Sale Saturday, February 18th at 9am!
Just like a circus - upbeat, unexpected, accomplished, and exciting - the Martin Family Circus aims to bring that same joy and a room full of fun with their heartwarming and lively "music that makes you smile!" This self-contained vocal-driven melodic band of 2 parents and 4 kids ranging in age from 9-18 packs a punch with their rich stack of family harmonies in a soaring blend, which Rolling Stone magazine calls "exuberant." Representing four generations of musical heritage, Martin Family Circus delivers soulful family harmony, steeped in traditional roots.
"Our house has always been like a live jukebox, with an all-you-can-play selection of musical instruments," says Jamie. "Music completely covers our lives, so our kids have never known a day without it."
Fueled by a mutual passion for many genres and longing for a fun, family-friendly musical experience for their kids, Paul and Jamie began singing together with their four children, March (18), Kell (15), Texas (11), and Tallant (9), in 2010. Quickly realizing that the kids all showed an uncanny knack for hearing harmonies and pitch, as well as for playing instruments, they began performing shows together. They were soon dubbed the Martin Family Circus by Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill, playfully teasing with them about their growing number of kids and the craziness that goes hand-in-hand with a large family.
Jamie says, "We have always felt that music is food for the soul, and that love is the answer to just about every situation. So for us, it's all about pouring out our family's joy and filling people up with a little musical love!"
Tickets on Sale February 18th, 9:00AM
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