What words would you use to describe Dixonville Alabama native, William Lee Golden, of the Oak Ridge Boys? Well I guess you could use many, Friend, Son, Father, Brother, Grandfather and Great Grandfather. You could mention his American Mountain Man appearance with his recognizable long hair and beard. Supporter of Native American rights, visionary, spiritualist, husband. Obviously singer would be thought of early on as he has been the baritone singer for the Oak Ridge Boys for 38 years, singing lead on hits like “Ozark Mountain Jubilee”, “Thank God For Kids”, “Tying To Love Two Women” and “I Wish You Could Have Turned My Head”. Here’s another word to add to that wonderful list, painter.
That’s right, about 15 years ago he began nurturing a hidden talent for painting. William Lee’s work has been on display in galleries across the U.S. as well as the Nashville International Airport and a recent show featuring his work at The Tennessee State Museum. Among high profile friends that have William’s beautiful work is George Bush. William gathers inspiration from Gods artwork. Being highly connected to the earth, William captures the beauty of the land with an eye few of us would have.
With painting as well as anything William shows an interest in, his passions run deep. Deep for country, deep for God, deep for family and friends. His interest in Native American culture has been strongly evident for over 30 years, and as a historian, he can teach you a few things.
William Lee Golden is a man that has chosen his own path in this life. He has done so with gentleness and dignity, even when he was faced with oppression and ridicule. It’s not always been an easy road, but it’s been a road that has inspired many to follow their own way, and to be true to themselves.
There is a new CD coming called the Singing Painter, which will be avaialable on William Lee’s site and info on the Oak Ridge Boys site. He has been a friend to me for 21 years and has shown me many a road in a very quiet guiding way, whether he knows it or not. Go check out this mans art and his music. It comes from the heart, I promise you !