Conversations with Missy: Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys

by Missy Wolf / 2769 days ago / Comments

Never in a million years would I have thought that I would be interviewing a legend in the music world. You know the interview is going to exceed your hopes when Joe Bonsall himself brings up Bon Jovi. I was stunned instantly.This man is not only an Oakridge Boy, he is an accomplished author, father, husband, friend and is extremely funny. 

There were so many things I wanted to know about Bonsall. He is a brilliant writer. Something about his book titled G.I. Joe & Lillie intrigued me. He wrote a song with the same title. Which came first? If you listen to the song, you cannot help but think there is a true story behind it. Who is it about? You need to listen to our conversation to find out.

What else has this Philadelphia-born musician accomplished? One, he married one hell of a gourmet cook. Bonsall's wife Mary knows how to impress with her extravagant and delectable meals. As a woman who loves food, especially a good piece of cow, Bonsall and I could not help but discuss his wife's cooking and great steakhouses. According to Bonsall, we must all go to "Taste of Texas" in Houston, TX. During his recent visit to this incredible food establishment, Bonsall ran into some famous friends that joined him for dinner. Any guesses? Find out if you are right by listening to our conversation.

Bonsall and I shared many laughs during our conversation. I am still amazed at how gracious he was, spending 45 minutes on the phone with me. I was completely fascinated by his charming personality. We spoke about God, responsible pet ownership, cracking up cars, computers and more. Wait until you hear which computer he had. This man is phenomenal.

I was not sure what to expect during our conversation though this 2015 Country Music Hall Of Fame inductee sure surprised me. I even walked away with an interesting piece of Elvis trivia that I bet most of his die hard fans never even knew. Do you want to know what that is? Of course, you do. Listen and hear for yourself.

There are so many wonderful things I can say about this extraordinary musician, but this article would then turn into a book. I feel very blessed that Bonsall gave me the opportunity of a lifetime. I will cherish each of the stories he chose to share with me and hope you will too. Bonsall's personality has attracted many fans over the years including the very talented David Britt, who credits Bonsall as one of his heroes, and the Marcus Lindsey Band, who claim Bonsall is a "guitar slinging animal." Stay tuned for more as this man has no desire to stop anytime soon. ~Missy




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Joe Bonsall Tour Dates

09/28/2023 : North Dakota State Fair Center: Minot, ND
09/29/2023 : Chester Fritz Auditorium: Grand Forks, ND
09/30/2023 : Dacotah Bank Center: Brookings, SD
10/01/2023 : Deadwood Mountain Grand: Deadwood, SD
10/04/2023 : The Mansion Theatre for the Pe: Branson, MO
10/05/2023 : The Mansion Theatre for the Pe: Branson, MO
10/06/2023 : Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas : Kansas City, MO
10/07/2023 : Richard Drake's Party Barn: Powderly, TX
10/11/2023 : The Mansion Theatre for the Pe: Branson, MO
10/12/2023 : The Mansion Theatre for the Pe: Branson, MO
10/13/2023 : Arlington Music Hall: Arlington, TX
10/14/2023 : Arlington Music Hall: Arlington, TX
10/18/2023 : The Mansion Theatre for the Pe: Branson, MO
10/19/2023 : The Mansion Theatre for the Pe: Branson, MO
10/21/2023 : Rome City Auditorium: Rome, GA
10/26/2023 : The Mansion Theatre for the Pe: Branson, MO
10/27/2023 : The Mansion Theatre for the Pe: Branson, MO
10/28/2023 : Neewollah Celebration - Jim Ha: Independence, KS
11/01/2023 : The Mansion Theatre for the Pe: Branson, MO
11/02/2023 : The Mansion Theatre for the Pe: Branson, MO
11/03/2023 : Brown County Music Center: Nashville, IN
11/04/2023 : Crossroads Arena: Corinth, MS
11/08/2023 : The Mansion Theatre for the Pe: Branson, MO
11/09/2023 : The Mansion Theatre for the Pe: Branson, MO
11/11/2023 : Grand Ole Opry House: Nashville, TN
11/15/2023 : The Mansion Theatre for the Pe: Branson, MO
11/16/2023 : The Mansion Theatre for the Pe: Branson, MO
11/21/2023 : Vern Riffe Center for the Arts: Portsmouth, OH
11/24/2023 : Honeywell Center: Wabash, IN
11/25/2023 : Paramount Theatre: Anderson, IN
11/30/2023 : Weldon Mills Theatre: Roanoke Rapids, NC
12/01/2023 : Renfro Valley Barn Dance: Mount Vernon, KY
12/02/2023 : Anderson Music Hall: Hiawassee, GA
12/07/2023 : FIREKEEPERS CASINO: Battle Creek, MI
12/08/2023 : Island Resort & Casino: Harris, MI
12/09/2023 : Island Resort & Casino: Harris, MI
12/12/2023 : Ryman Auditorium: Nashville, TN
12/14/2023 : Luther F. Carson Four Rivers C: Paducah, KY
12/15/2023 : Effingham Performance Center: Effingham, IL
12/16/2023 : Crystal Grand Music Theatre: Wisconsin Dells, WI
12/17/2023 : Egyptian Theatre: Dekalb, IL
12/30/2023 : Harlow's Casino Resort & Spa: Greenville, MS
01/20/2024 : The Grand 1894 Opera House: Galveston, TX
01/21/2024 : The Grand 1894 Opera House: Galveston, TX

About Missy Wolf

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From an early age I knew music and entertainment were in my blood. I have always been enamored with the idea of being in this industry, though I never wanted to be a front and center "Star". Taking the audience behind the scenes for up close conversations with the artists they love is where I want to be. Life in lyrics has always been my style, so as my favorite country artist Wade Hayes sings, I am living my life and chasing my dreams! Conducting interviews, meeting talented people and sharing stories and adventure are my passion. My new favorite hashtag is #iaskyouanswer, so stay tuned for more interviews, articles and adventures!