The Oak Ridge Boys just announced two follow-up projects to 17th Avenue Revival and they’ve enlisted Cobb, a talented and well-respected Nashville producer. The first album will be released later this year. It’s the band’s first Christmas album in four years. Following that, they’ll release a concept album with a “front porch” feel in 2020.
The announcement also coincides with a big anniversary for Cobb and the Oak Ridge Boys. This week is the 10-year anniversary of The Boys Are Back, when they first collaborated with Cobb in 2009.
“Dave Cobb has the unique ability to record in a raw, honest, almost retro way that sounds fresh. Part of our last album with Dave was recorded around one microphone with Dave playing acoustic guitar about six feet away,” the band’s lead singer, Duane Allen, says. “He told us that he wanted us to sing ‘together’ and listen to, and watch, each other. The result was pure magic and we wound up recording the entire album with that same attitude.”
Fans will also get to hear the new music live because the band just announced a string of dates for their Shine the Light Tour 2019. The dates include a Bridgestone Arena show and several dates at the Grand Ole Opry. Full tour dates are available here.