Remember the country hits “Elvira” and “Bobbie Sue”? Decades before those songs, the Oak Ridge Boys were a gospel group. Now, the Oak Ridge Boys are going back to their gospel roots for their upcoming album, 17th Avenue Revival.
17th Avenue Revival, New Single
17th Avenue Revival is produced by Dave Cobb, the brain behind Chris Stapleton’s Grammy award-winning album Traveller. The Oak Ridge Boys are thankful for Cobb’s proposal for them to retreat to their gospel sound on their new record. Baritone singer William Lee Golden expressed this saying,
“Dave brought music with spirit and a magical feel to the studio. It became a mental, emotional, physical and spiritual revival for The Oak Ridge Boys.”
The songs on 17th Avenue Revival feature an exceptional blend of sounds inspired by early rock and roll and black gospel music. Also, the album is full of the Oak Ridge Boys’ remarkable harmonies. Vince Gill, Ashley Monroe, Jamey Johnson, and Brandy Clark all penned tracks on the new album, recorded at Studio A on 17th Avenue in Nashville. Cobb’s dream included no vocal piling and few overdubs during production. For two of the songs, the Boys gathered around one microphone and let their voices shine on the new collection.
“There Will Be Light”, Old Road Turned New
Before the 17th Avenue Revival’s release, the Oak Ridge Boys debuted a new single on March 2.
“There Will Be Light” comes with soft music, gentle drums, and piano sounds, playing in the background. These strategies make the Oak Ridge Boys’ voices the main instruments and their harmonies just as excellent as ever. The song’s first few lines are a definite source of relief:
When the world is dark as a moonless night,
There will be light.
And when you see no hope inside,
There will be light.
This gospel song is all that we need to hear right now. It echoes that no matter how bad things may seem, better things are sure to come. With its significant message, soothing instrumentals, and the angelic voices of The Oak Ridge Boys, there’s a whole lot to love about “There Will Be Light.” Tune in to the clip below and have a preview of one of the many great songs to come out on March 16.