Conversations with Missy: Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys

by Missy Wolf / 1297 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

09/18/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
09/19/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
09/23/2019 : Bloomsburg Fairgrounds: Bloomsburg, PA
09/25/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
09/26/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
09/27/2019 : Arlington Music Hall: Arlington, TX
09/28/2019 : L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge: Baton Rouge, LA
10/02/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
10/03/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
10/05/2019 : Paradise Cove Margaritaville: Tulsa, OK
10/07/2019 : Georgia National Fair: Perry, GA
10/09/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
10/10/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
10/11/2019 : Shawnee Bluff Winery: Eldon, MO
10/12/2019 : Meramec Music Theatre: Steelville, MO
10/15/2019 : ARKANSAS STATE FAIR & BARTON COLISEUM: Little Rock, AR
10/16/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
10/17/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
10/18/2019 : Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center: Bowling Green, KY
10/19/2019 : Blue Gate Theatre: Shipshewana, IN
10/23/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
10/24/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
11/01/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
11/02/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
11/06/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
11/07/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
11/09/2019 : Effingham Performance Center: Effingham, IL
11/13/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
11/14/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
11/15/2019 : Sioux City Orpheum: Sioux City, IA
11/16/2019 : Deadwood Mountain Grand: Deadwood, SD
11/17/2019 : Aberdeen Civic Arena: Aberdeen, SD
11/18/2019 : Wild Rose Casino & Resort: Jefferson, IA
11/19/2019 : Hartman Arena: Park City, KS
11/20/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
11/21/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
11/22/2019 : Peoria Civic Center: Peoria, IL
11/23/2019 : Vern Riffe Center for the Arts: Portsmouth, OH
11/24/2019 : River City Casino & Hotel: St. Louis, MO
11/24/2019 : River City Casino: Saint Louis, MO
11/29/2019 : Carson Center: Paducah, KY
11/30/2019 : Independence Memorial Hall: Independence, KS
12/01/2019 : McCain Auditorium: Manhattan, KS
12/04/2019 : UMBC Event Center: Baltimore, MD
12/05/2019 : Riviera Theatre: North Tonawanda, NY
12/06/2019 : The Palace Theatre: Greensburg, PA
12/07/2019 : Roland E. Powell Convention Center: Ocean City, MD
12/08/2019 : Sherman Theater: Stroudsburg, PA
12/10/2019 : Brown County Music Center: Nashville, IN
12/11/2019 : Paramount Theatre: Anderson, IN
12/12/2019 : Holland Civic Center: Holland, MI
12/13/2019 : Leelanau Sands Casino and Lodge: Peshawbestown, MI
12/14/2019 : Honeywell Center: Wabash, IN
12/15/2019 : Renfro Valley Entertainment Center: Mt Vernon, KY
12/18/2019 : Mayo Civic Center: Rochester, MN
12/19/2019 : Five Flags Center: Dubuque, IA
12/21/2019 : Crystal Grand Music Theatre: Wisconsin Dells, WI
12/22/2019 : Rialto Square Theatre: Joliet, IL
01/17/2020 : Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre: New Braunfels, TX
01/18/2020 : The Grand 1894 Opera House: Galveston, TX
01/19/2020 : The Grand 1894 Opera House: Galveston, TX
03/07/2020 : American Music Theatre: Lancaster, PA
03/28/2020 : Spartanburg School District 3 Community Auditorium: Spartanburg, SC

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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!