Oak Ridge Boys, Crabb headline Fair acts

Xavier Smith • Mar 24, 2017 at 11:03 AM

The legendary country music group Oak Ridge Boys and gospel Grammy winner Jason Crabb will return to the 2017 Wilson County Fair as headline performers sponsored by Bates Ford.

Jimmy Comer with the Wilson County Fair Board said the two acts were wildly popular last year, which led to their return this year.

“We had them last year on Tuesday night, and it was one of the biggest nights we’ve ever had. They’re very popular. I’ve met with Tony Bates of Bates Ford a couple of times and we’ve decided to bring them back because they were so good,” Comer said of the Oak Ridge Boys.

The group will perform on Monday night this year and switch with the gospel show, which will be Tuesday this year and headlined by Crabb.

“They were both well attended, and we received such positive feedback, so they’re coming back,” he said.

The Oak Ridge Boys – Richard Sterban, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Joe Bonsall –earned prestigious membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame as 2015 inductees, and the Grand Ole Opry, among other designations. 

Known worldwide as one of recording history’s most extraordinary musical successes, they have charted single after single and album after album, celebrating more than 41 million records sold, two double-platinum albums, and more than 30 top 10 hits, including No. 1 chart-toppers “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God For Kids,” “American Made,” among dozens more.

Crabb is well known as one of the most compelling voices in any genre of music. With his power, range and passion, he has moved easily among musical styles including gospel, country, pop and Southern gospel. 

A native of tiny Beaver Dam, Ky., Crabb rose to prominence singing with his siblings as the Crabb Family. The talented, musically progressive family band broadened the scope of Southern gospel music and became one of the most successful groups in the genre.

When his siblings decided to pursue separate ministries, Crabb released his first solo album in 2009, and it earned him his first Grammy the following year. 

Country music singer Tony Jackson will open for the Oak Ridge Boys and was called one of the most gifted singers to ever grace country music. His video, “The Grand Tour,” ignited an unprecedented 10 million Facebook views and 200,000 shares in just more than three weeks.

His debut album, “Tony Jackson,” features songs and/or performances by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members John Sebastian, Steve Cropper and Dr. John “Mac” Rebennack, Country Music Hall of Famers Vince Gill, Bill Anderson and Conway Twitty and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame luminary Norro Wilson.


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