Oak Ridge Boys to pay tribute to veterans

Thursday, May 3, 2012
The Oak Ridge Boys will headline a show with Jimmy Fortune on Sept. 10, at the Clay County Fair. (Photo submitted)

The Clay County Fair Grandstand will feature a moving patriotic tribute to America's veterans by the Oak Ridge Boys and special guest Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10.

"I wanted to find some way to recognize America's greatest heroes, our veterans, in a big way at the 2012 Clay County Fair," Jeremy Parsons, fair manager, said. "I think the Oak Ridge Boys and Jimmy Fortune will provide the perfect close to our Veteran's Day activities."

One of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry, the four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of country hits and a number-one pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Every time they step before an audience, the Oak Ridge Boys bring three decades of charted singles and 50 years of tradition to a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere.

Their string of hits includes the pop chart-topper "Elvira," as well as "Bobbie Sue," "Dream On," "Thank God for Kids," "American Made," "I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes," "Fancy Free," "Gonna Take A Lot of River" and many others. They've scored 12 gold, three platinum, and one double platinum album -- plus one double platinum single -- and had more than a dozen national number-one singles and over 30 top-ten hits.

Jimmy Fortune toured, sang and performed with the legendary Statler Brothers for 21 years. He performed his first show with them on January 28, 1982, in Savannah, Georgia, and quickly lived up to his name. Fortune wrote the group's second No. 1 hit, "Elizabeth," on their 1983 album Today, and followed that with two more No. 1 hits -- "My Only Love" (from 1984's Atlanta Blue) and "Too Much On My Heart" (from 1985's Pardners in Rhyme).

Fortune also wrote the top-10 hit "Forever" from 1986's Four for the Show and co-wrote the top-10 hit "More Than a Name on the Wall" from 1988's The Greatest Hits.

Ticket information for this entertaining evening and previously announced concerts, Chris Young with special guest Thompson Square on Sunday, Sept. 9; Air Supply and Rick Springfield on Tuesday, Sept. 11; Casting Crowns on Saturday, Sept. 15; and Jeff Foxworthy on Sunday, Sept. 16, will be available soon.

For more information visit www.claycountyfair.com or call 262-4740. Become a fan on Facebook by visiting www.facebook.com/WorldsGreatestCountyFai....

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