Palmetto State Quartet reorganizes, adds three new members
This afternoon, the Palmetto State Quartet announced a major reorganization. Baritone/emcee David Darst and tenor Wesley Smith have both left the group; this is actually Smith’s second time to leave the group. After leaving when the group disbanded in 2007, he left the Dixie Echoes to return last July.
They will be replaced by three vocalists: Tenor Jeremy Easley, lead singer David Staton, and bass Mike Allen. Lead singer Paul Lancaster and bass singer Larry Strickland remain with the group, making it a five-man vocal ensemble. (Pianist Casey Martin also remains.)
Here’s the odd part: Through last September, Easley, Staton, and Allen formed 3/4 of the LeFevre Quartet. For a sneak peek at the new PSQ lineup, here’s a video of the three with Mike LeFevre.
Another unique aspect, noted by the press release: “Not since Strickland’s Elvis days with the late J.D. Sumner and the Stamps has there been another vocal group that has featured two great bass singers.”