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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

On The Road With The Oak Ridge Boys by Joseph S. Bonsall - Book Review

On the Road with the Oak Ridge Boys: Forty Years of Untold Stories and Adventures

About The Book:

For more than 40 years, the legendary Oak Ridge Boys (40 million records sold) have been on the road entertaining sold-out audiences with their classic hit songs like "Elvira," "Bobbie Sue," "Thank God for Kids," and many others. As their fans will testify, an Oak Ridge Boys concert is an unforgettable experience.

These "on the road" stories, written by tenor Joseph S. Bonsall and spanning the four decades since the present group came together, will bring laughter, insight, and heartfelt appreciation to their fans young and old.

You'll read about...The faith shared by all four "Oaks" the backstage goings-on of The Oak Ridge Boys what "the Boys" do on the tour bus stories about special fans they've met down through the years their surprise mega-hit, "Elvira" and how it came about.

"Join me as I take you on the road with The Oak Ridge Boys. We'll revisit some of our favorite concerts, reminisce about some old friends, and I'll let you in on what happens behind the scenes. Come on along!"  - Oak Ridge Boy Joseph S. Bonsall

My Thoughts:

One of my favorite groups is the Oak Ridge Boys - from the time that I was a little girl listening with my dad to seeing the guys performing live - they are always a delight to hear and see.

I was fortunate to meet and spend time at a book signing with tenor Joe Bonsall when he was promoting his children's books and he was just a wonderful gentleman to get to know.  Joe has gone on to write about his parents in the amazing memoir "GI Joe and Lily" and he shares his views and opinion in his book, "From My Perspective."

G.I. Joe & Lillie: Remembering A Life Of Love And LoyaltyFrom My Perspective

Now Joe writes about his experiences of forty years with the "Oaks" in his new book, "On The Road With The Oak Ridge Boys," and it is a fascinating look at the history of this amazing group. Joe's witty and yes, sparkling outlook shines through this group of tales - you can almost hear the joy and delight in his voice through his words here.

Fans of the Oak Ridge Boys will love this book, as well as fans of gospel and country music, and great music in general!  I highly recommend it as a fun summer read!

About The Author:

Joseph Sloan "Joe" Bonsall, Jr. known professionally as Joe Bonsall is a member of the Oak Ridge Boys, since 1973 and an author.

In 1997, Joe released a four-part children's book series titled The Molly Books and in 2003 published GI Joe and Lillie, a book about his parents' lives during and after World War II: Joseph Sloan Bonsall, Sr, and Lillie Maude Collins. Both are buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Besides charting many hits as a member of the Oak Ridge Boys, Bonsall has a solo chart credit alongside the band Sawyer Brown in their 1986 single "Out Goin' Cattin'", on which he was credited as "Cat Joe Bonsall".

For relaxation, Joe retreats to his 350-acre farm on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line with his wife, Mary, and their seven cats. He also plays the banjo!

For more information on Joe and his projects, check out his website at www.josephsbonsall.com

My thanks to NetGalley and Harvest House Publishers for supplying the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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