Dave Emery leaves Chuck Wagon Gang; Jeremy Stephens joins
The Chuck Wagon Gang announced in their email newsletter last night that bass singer / guitarist Dave Emery will be leaving the group on May 31. He has dreamed of moving to Florida with his wife, Phyllis, and this was a stated factor in the decision. He said: “To have been a member of The Chuck Wagon Gang has been a great honor, and to have sung their songs has been a real thrill. I have had a wonderful time and great experience with The Chuck Wagon Gang, and wish the group well as they continue a 75-year legacy, but I can’t wait to move back to Florida!”
Besides singing bass, Dave also emcees concerts, handles booking, and shares group management with alto singer Shaye Smith. When Smith was off of the road for a couple of years and was replaced by Penny Greene, Emery handled all road management. Former CWG member and current office staffer Harold Timmons will handle booking.
Jeremy Stephens, who filled in during tenor Stan Hill’s recent leave of absence for his wife’s surgeries, will be joining as bass singer and guitarist. He has been involved in bluegrass music for years; he started playing fiddle and banjo at age five. Since banjo is his primary instrument, he has played it with several bluegrass groups over the last seventeen years. He has collected Chuck Wagon Gang records for years and particularly loves the original group (Rose, Anna, Dad, and Jim).
Emery appeared at Tuesday’s Gaither Homecoming taping, in one of his final appearances with the group.