Wesley Smith leaves Dixie Echoes
Via the Dixie Echoes’ Facebook page:
The Dixie Echoes are now seeking a Tenor & Bass 🙂 Just to answer any questions, nothing is going on here. Nobody has been fired, nobody is on bad terms, just unfortunately Wesley has turned in his notice, leaving us with two open positions. Interested singers can email demos to firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate your prayers through this transition.
Update: In the comments, a reader seemed to be working from the assumption that only the Shelnuts would be on stage this weekend. Since I was certain the group would have fill-ins of some sort, I asked pianist Stewart Varnado to shed some light on the interim plans. He replied:
On June 4, Trent Adams (bass singer), turned in his notice to the group. Back in January he and his wife had their second child. They felt that it was best for him to stay home and find a job that would allow him to be home every night with his family. They moved back to Lineville, AL, and he has accepted a position as a correctional officer at a local prison facility there. Since that time, we have been auditioning bass singers to replace him. We have received many demos and have been taking our time finding the right replacement, knowing that we can perform as a trio.
Last night, our tenor singer, Wesley Smith, turned in his notice. Since he joined the group nearly 4 years ago, he has always lived near Decatur, Alabama. He was driving 5 hours to Pensacola each week just to get on the bus, followed by a 5 hour trip home every week. He had a singing position made available to him from a group based 2 hours from his home. This would allow him more time at home, plus a lot less driving. Wesley has given us three weeks notice to find a singer. We are a trio this weekend, and we have former Dixie Echoes tenor singers lined up to help fill in until we have a permanent replacement. We are narrowing down our bass singer search, so there should be one announced within the month. Hopefully we can find a new tenor singer within the month too.
I know how rumors are started. These member changes both took place within a few weeks of each other. Nobody was fired, everyone is on great terms. We thank Trent and Wesley for their time spent with the group. Wesley has joined another group, but I’ll wait and let them make that announcement.