He’s famous for being the tenor and lead spokesman for the country music group The Oak Ridge Boys, but Joseph “Joe” S. Bonsall is as good a writer as he is a singer.
Bonsall proves his sharp writing skills with his new book, “From My Perspective,” a collection of short stories and articles that range from his childhood growing up in Philadelphia to his joy of learning how to play the banjo to life on his family farm on the border of Kentucky and Tennessee.
Writing in a lively voice indicative of his personality, Bonsall delivers his stories straight from the heart. He shares tales of his 35 years on the road with The Oak Ridge Boys and includes his remembrances of the late June Carter and Johnny Cash, gospel legend Dotty Rambo, and many others.
My favorite stories are the ones that Bonsall shares about his beloved mother and father, who he affectionately called “G.I. Joe and Lillie.” Bonsall paid tribute previously to his parents in his book, “G.I. Joe and Lillie: Remembering A Life of Love and Loyalty,” but he furthers their unique love story with several tales included in this new book. These stories are a son’s homage to his parents, and they are guaranteed to touch the reader’s heart.
Bonsall also updates his fans with a sweet tale about his cherished cat Molly. Molly was the star of Bonsall’s gorgeous children’s books, and now she is a retired kitty star living out her days being pampered by Bonsall and his wife, Mary.
“From My Perspective” is just that — life as Joe Bonsall sees it, whether it be as country music legend Joe Bonsall of The Oak Ridge Boys, best-selling author Joseph S. Bonsall, Pop-Pop to his grandkids, or as Ban-Joey, the banjo-loving guy next door. Bonsall’s absolute love of country, family and music shines through this slender volume, making it a pleasure to read.