Pictured L-R: Rusty Golden, Chris Golden, Elizabeth Golden (Chris’s daughter and William Lee’s granddaughter), Brewton Mayor Yank Lovelace, Craig Golden, William Lee Golden
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BREWTON, Ala. – Country and Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member William Lee Golden and his sons ‘The Goldens’ appeared at the 2021 Porchfest in Brewton, Ala. over the weekend. The annual event put together by The Greater Brewton Area Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Yank Lovelace, and the City of Brewton, brought the neighborhood together through music to celebrate and encourage a sense of community. Homeowners of Historic Belleville and Evergreen Avenue offered their porches as stages where country, gospel, blues, Southern rock, and many other genres of music were performed throughout the family-friendly afternoon. The Brewton native and his sons kicked off the festivities by opening the event on the Main Stage in front of one of the town’s historic homes, the Downing-Craft Home. William Lee Golden and The Goldens were honored with a proclamation and Key to City during a surprise presentation during the show!
“It’s always a wonderful time going back home to where it all started,” shares William Lee Golden. “I still own my family’s home place where I grew up and there are so many memories there. Getting to come back and perform with my boys was a wonderful experience and to be given a key to the city by Mayor Lovelace was a wonderful surprise!”
“It is hard to quantify the impact of a talent like William Lee Golden on his hometown,” said Mayor Yank Lovelace. “He grew up on a farm like many here did, played music with his family, sang on our local radio station, WEBJ, and sang in church. He played football, sang in school chorus groups, and got a job at the local paper mill before the world found out about him and that magnificent voice. As part of the Oak Ridge Boys, his name and image are recognizable the world over and he never left Brewton out of his thoughts, and always spoke the praises of his hometown. His is one of two names listed on signs welcoming people to our city. The Golden Family is part of the fabric of our community, and we are forever grateful for the contributions made that help make this the greatest community in the world.”
William Lee Golden and The Goldens have released three singles from their upcoming albums ‘Country Roads: Vintage Country Classics’, ‘Southern Accents: Pop & Country Rock,’ and ‘Old Country Church Gospel’ which will be released in early 2022. Golden kept spirits high as the world seemed down during the pandemic, by gathering his sons Rusty, Craig, and Chris, his grandchildren Elizabeth, Rebekah, and Elijah, and friends Aaron McCune, Ben Isaacs, and Michael Sykes to record the three albums. Golden, his family, and friends bring their fresh interpretations to longtime favorites, with Golden delivering reminiscent renditions of Johnny Cash’s “I Still Miss Someone,” and Jim Reeves’s “Welcome to My World.” Chris shines on Tom Petty’s “Southern Accent,” Rusty delivers a vibrant take on Bob Seger’s hit “Hollywood Nights” and Craig, the rarely heard Golden, revives Gregg Allman’s “Multi-Colored Lady.”
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About William Lee Golden and The Goldens:
There are few things more powerful than family harmony and rarely has that been more evident than on the three new albums recorded by Country Music Hall of Fame and Oak Ridge Boy member, William Lee Golden who, along with his talented sons have created William Lee Golden and The Goldens. The Brewton, Alabama native cements his considerable legacy in the music industry with three distinctive collections that reflect his musical roots and the journey that has made him one of America’s most unique troubadours. From revered gospel classics to beloved country gems and iconic rock favorites, Golden leads his family through the songs that have been stepping stones on his well-traveled musical journey. It all comes together as a rich sonic tapestry that fans will cherish.
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William Lee Golden (@wlgolden) and The Goldens appeared in Brewton, Alabama at #BrewtownPorchfest. Upcoming three albums in early 2022: gospel, classic country & country rock and pop! Visit williamleegolden.com for more info