The Oak Ridge Boys are hard at work on two albums with producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell). A new Christmas album is expected later this year while a concept project with a “front porch” feel will be released in 2020.
"I remember, as if it were yesterday, when we first signed with a major record label and our career exploded decades ago,” frontman Duane Allen said in a statement. “The Oak Ridge Boys became a household name. Now, after signing with Thirty Tigers and Lightning Rod Records — with Dave Cobb as our producer — we are experiencing that surge again."
The Country Music Hall of Famers first collaborated with Cobb in 2009 on The Boys Are Back. Allen praises the producer for his ability to record in a “raw, honest, almost retro way that sounds fresh.”
"Part of our last album with Dave [2018's17th Avenue Revival] was recorded around one microphone with Dave playing acoustic guitar about six feet away. He told us that he wanted us to sing together, and listen to, and watch, each other,” Allen explained. “The result was pure magic, and we wound up recording the entire album with that same attitude."
The band's two new projects will be under Cobb's production, Logan Rogers’ label direction, and David Macias’ mass marketing. The Christmas album is expected in time for their fall Christmas tour while a classics and standards album is planned for early 2020.
The Oak Ridge Boys are on the road through December as part of their recently extended Shine the Light Tour.