Q&A: Oak Ridge Boys bass player talks about his years in music

Courtesy photo: Jeff Sciortino The Oak Ridge Boys, from left, William Lee Golden, Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall and Richard Sterban, are performing Friday night at the Curry County Events Center.

In 1943, a country group called Wally Fowler and the Georgia Clodhoppers formed in Nashville. The group was often requested to play shows at a nuclear research plant in Oak Ridge.

The group eventually renamed itself the Oak Ridge Quartet, and members came and went before its 1961 renaming as the Oak Ridge Boys.

Their story continues today, albeit in a smaller fashion than during their run of country and pop crossover hits in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Another chapter includes their Friday night concert at the Curry County Events Center.

The group of Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban has been together, for the most part, since 1973. The group’s current CD, “It’s Only Natural,” is available only at Cracker Barrel stores, and the group plans another CD later this year.

Sterban, bass player for the group, answered questions in a phone interview about the tour and his decades in music.