Ten years ago, in October 2001, as a part of Centre’s homecoming celebration, the Norton Center hosted the legendary country icons, The Oak Ridge Boys. Called “one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in American music,” the group began their journey to fame in 1945 in Knoxville, Tennessee as the Oak Ridge Quartet; then became regular performers at the Grand Ole Opry in the fall of that same year. Nearly 60 years later, the Oak Ridge Boys were entertaining fans worldwide with their best-loved line-up from the 1960s. At their Norton Center debut in 2001, the Boys, consisting of Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban, brought a high-energy performance of four-part harmonies and uplifting songs from the heart of their long-lived career that fit the atmosphere of Centre’s homecoming season perfectly.
Ten years later, the Norton Center’s current line-up features another group brought up in the Grand Ole Opry: Dailey & Vincent. Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent’s “bluegrass gold” has earned them national praise and countless industry Performance, Entertainer and Band of the Year awards over the last three years. From legendary performers to most-heralded new acts, the Norton Center continues to be a powerhouse for high quality performance.
Songs from the duos newest album, Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers presented in partnership with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®, along with other original and traditional favorites will be performed in Newlin Hall on Friday, November 4, 2011.