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Oak Ridge Boy Joe Bonsall talks Christmas show, Derrick Henry and Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of a preseason NFL football game in Seattle. Prescott grew up rooting for the Dallas Cowboys in Louisiana and suddenly finds himself in line to start their opener as a rookie quarterback with Tony Romo sidelined by yet another back injury.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of a preseason NFL football game in Seattle. Prescott grew up rooting for the Dallas Cowboys in Louisiana and suddenly finds himself in line to start their opener as a rookie quarterback with Tony Romo sidelined by yet another back injury. AP

It’s always a pleasure to speak with one of the Oak Ridge Boys, who were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015.

The Oaks have been one of my favorite bands since I was probably 7 or 8, since the first time I heard “Y’all Come Back Saloon” on country music radio.

Although it’s a good way down the road, the Oaks will be bringing their annual Christmas show to the Golden Nugget Casino on Nov. 18. I caught an Oaks Christmas show a few years ago in North Mississippi.

The show is a set of the classics such as “Bobbie Sue,” “American Made” and of course “Elvira,” followed by a set of Christmas songs, complete with snow, Christmas trees and even ol’ Santa Claus.

I recently spoke with tenor singer Joe Bonsall about the upcoming show for an advance that will run in November.

“The last couple of years, we seem to always be in the middle of getting the Christmas tour together when we play Biloxi, so we’ve always sang a couple of Christmas songs, but this year we’re bringing the full Christmas show to Biloxi,” Bonsall said. “Hey man, I think it’s really cool that we are bringing it there for the first time.”

Having followed Bonsall on Twitter for several years, I knew that the Philly native is a big sports fan, especially of the Tennessee Titans, who went 3-13 last season.

Derrick Henry and the Titans

“Man, we picked up your man Derrick Henry and we’ve got Marcus Mariota and maybe even a rejuvenated DeMarco Murray in the backfield and some great wide receivers right now, and we have the big tight end Delanie Walker and our defense is better, I really look for us to be better — the vision is much better,” Bonsall said. “I don’t think we’re in danger of winning the Super Bowl, but I’m optimistic we’re going to be competitive.”

He said he was looking forward to seeing former Alabama running back Henry on the field.

“Derrick Henry — what a beast,” Bonsall said. “Every time I watched an Alabama game over the last couple of years, I thought, ‘Man, if the Titans only had this guy,’ and baby, we got him.”

But what about the Cowboys

Although he said a Philly guy can never pull for the Cowboys, Bonsall said he has been very impressed with a certain former Mississippi State quarterback.

“I’m not a Cowboys fan and there’s no way I can like the Dallas Cowboys, however that kid Dak Prescott from Mississippi State is good,” Bonsall said. “When Romo gets hurt, and you know he will, this kid is going to be something to deal with — I think they’ve got them something there.”

And Bonsall’s prediction came to fruition sooner rather than later as Prescott has been named the Cowboys starting quarterback after Romo suffered an injury during the preseason.

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