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They are country music icons.  You can't help but smile when you hear the first few notes of their signature tunes, either.  The Oak Ridge Boys have a distinct sound that had made them legend in country music.  While that might give them a right to take it easy and just rake in the adulation they're not known for doing that.
 
Actually started in the 1940s as the Oak Ridge Quartet, they became popular in southern gospel during the 1950s. That edition of the group officially changed its name to the Oak Ridge Boys in the early 1960s.  From there they became and remained a gospel-oriented group until the mid-1970s.  It was around that time they decided to concentrate on country music.
 
Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden, Richard Sterban and Duane Allen have made their unique sound a country music touchstone because of its consistent great quality and message.  For the Oaks, making the transition from Southern gospel to country music seemed like a natural move.  After spending a few years moving between their successes in gospel and their attempts to duplicate that same success in the country genre they scored big with their release of the, "Y'all Come Back Saloon".  Two of the songs from that alsmum got to the top 5 of the country charts.  Om 1978. their release of the album, "Room Service", saw them get more top 2 more top 5 hits including their first number 1 hit, "I'll Be True To You."  The next two albums, "The Oak Ridge Boys Have Arrived", and "Together" saw this success continue.  The release of their sixth album, "Fancy Free", gave them one of their signature tunes and a well-loved country music standard, "Elvira". 
 
The title track from Bobbie Sue, their seventh album, was another crossover hit, reaching No. 1 on the country charts and No. 12 on the pop charts with its doo-wop sound. It also spawned the group's first U.S.-released music video, for the song "So Fine".  The Oaks also put something under the tree for their fans in 1982 with their release of, "The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas", album in 1982.
 
One controversy in which the Oaks found themselves involved wasn't anything they had created  In 1983, the Oak Ridge Boys released the album, "American Made".  The title track's opening line, "My baby is American made.  Born & bred in the USA", was modified for a Miller Brewing ad to, "Miller's made the American way.  Born and brewed in the USA".  During the ad's run on the media the Oak Ridge Boys would not sing this song, holding strong to their Christian faith.
 
Though the Oak ridge Boys have seen changes in the group and have been through some real trials over the course of their existence their great sound has always been consistent.  With the release of, "It's Only Natural", you can hear that.  "It’s Only Natural" is being released through the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store's exclusive music program. The CD celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of Elvira with a re-recording of this signature hit.  There are also six other hits and five brand new songs.

Joe Bonsall tells us, “The heart of the CD was inspired by a collection of time-honored songs, but its soul comes from the collaboration we had on this project with talented producers Ron Chancey, Michael Sykes, and Duane Allen.  Ron originally produced Elvira and all of our gold and platinum albums. This is Michael’s ninth project co-producing with Duane."
 
For as long as a lot of us have known and enjoyed the Oaks most of us thought they were members of the Grand Ole Opry.  They weren't right up until July 8, 2011.  During their performance at the Friday Night Opry, Little Jimmy Dickens announced that the Oak Ridge Boys will be the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry, effective August 6, 2011.  While the Oaks knew what was coming speaking as someone in the audience it was a cool thing to watch!

"It's Only Natural" contains songs that include former Top Ten Billboard hits Lucky Moon, No Matter How High, Gonna Take A Lot Of River, Beyond Those Years, and “True Heart. Louisiana Red Dirt Highway was a No. 1 CMT video hit for William Lee Golden as a solo project. One of the new songs, Sacrifice…for Me, written by Bonsall, is dedicated to America’s fallen heroes.
 
The fact of the matter is this CD will give you a new reason to like the Oak Ridge Boys, as well as another reason to treasure their contributions to country.
 
For more information on The Oak Ridge Boys go to: http://oakridgeboys.com