Chris Golden

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Chris Golden

Bands: Primal Fear, DuskMachine Annihilator, Bif Naked, Rebellion

Drumsticks: Vic Firth
A second generation of the Oaks’ organization, Chris Golden was two in 1964 when his father William Lee joined The Oak Ridge Boys. In elementary school, Chris was already learning to play multiple instruments despite never having music lessons, and while still in high school, started working the Southern Gospel circuit as a piano player.

By the time he graduated, he began touring with The Boys Band, a pop music act that recorded an album for Elektra/Asylum. Around this time Chris started singing. Within a year he was performing solo, making his lead vocal and acting debut on the hit TV show Hee Haw with a song he wrote. He also appeared on the country charts numerous times in a couple of incarnations—first with Canadian band Cedar Creek, and later with brother Rusty in the duo The Goldens, which recorded albums for both Epic and Capitol Records.

Chris also produced and directed one of their music videos. The brothers racked up several chart singles. In 1995, Chris stepped into the Oaks organization—initially as a journeyman musician, playing guitar, mandolin, piano, harmonica, and drums, depending on the setting. In 1997, this multi-talented man, who also has charted songwriting credits, became the band’s full-time drummer.

He has been the voice of Heinz 57 as national radio spokesman and enjoyed a brief stint with country-rock legends the Flying Burrito Brothers. Chris enjoys studio work and producing various acts. In 2000, he produced William Lee Golden’s CD box set, My Life’s Work, and he can also be heard on several of the Oaks’ CDs. Along the way, Chris has fashioned five critically-acclaimed solo projects grounded primarily in country, including CenterStage, which garnered rave reviews from Billboard magazine, and a full circle return to his roots with his latest Gospel offering. Sunday Shoes, which was named Power Source Magazine’s “Album of the Month.”

In 2011, Chris stepped back in the spotlight as a television host, filming thirteen episodes before a live audience for a web based series called Late Night Nashville with Chris Golden and continues to host his annual Family and Friends concerts. In 2012, he produced his daughter Elizabeth’s debut album and video, which garnered nationwide attention as “Breakout Song of the Month”on The Country Network. His latest solo album and video entitled Shoebox is slated for release in early spring of 2013. He and his wife, Kimberly, their daughters, Elizabeth and Rebekah, and their son, Elijah, live near Nashville.

Chris Golden Drumstick Collection

Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 1.

(2005) - 0031 Chris Golden - concert used Vic Firth drumstick from Oak Ridge Boys concert, 05/27/05 Caruthersville, MO, Casino Aztar.