Torch passed to Varnado, Shelnut Jr.
A poster on the Singing News forums asked if Stewart Varnado had bought the group. Yesterday, Varnado replied: [EDIT, 11/6/10: Regrettably, the link seems to be broken, so it has been removed.]
In August of 2007, Randy sold half of the Dixie Echoes to me, and the other half to his son Randy Jr. So, I’m NOT the sole owner. With so many of the older group names going away when the senior members retire, Randy thought it was best to pass the torch now, so that the Dixie Echoes can continue for many years to come. Our 50th anniversary is just around the corner, I’ve now been with the group 10 years, Randy Jr. has been here 19 years, and we plan on carrying it on as long as the Lord intends!
This sort of long-term plan is too often lacking in our genre, so it’s commendable to see succession plans being made (hopefully) years in advance here.