Saturday News Roundup #24

In Southern Gospel news from the week:

  • Via Burke’s Brainwork: In his email newsletter, Ricky Atkinson announced that former Florida Boys bass singer (and current SG soloist) Gene McDonald will be doing selected dates with Ricky Atkinson & Compassion throughout October. They are considering bringing him into the group and turning the trio into a quartet.
  • The Woodsmen Quartet announced that Derrick Boyd is joining the group as their tenor. Boyd has one of the longest resumes in Southern Gospel; he been a member of the Dixie Melody Boys, Heaven Bound, Carolina Boys / Kingsmen, Blackwood Gospel Quartet (photo here), Safe Harbor, and possibly another group or two that I’m forgetting right now. [EDIT, 11/8/10: The link is broken and has been removed.]
  • Ernie Haase & Signature Sound is scoring high on MySpace’s top artists charts. I’m not sure what metric they use (friends? songs added to profiles? profile visits? all of the above?), but they are currently #1 on MySpace’s Top Christian Artists chart and #23 on the overall chart (hitting at #21 earlier this week).

Next week, be watching for reviews of the latest from the Old Paths Quartet (Tuesday 10/7) and the Mark Trammell Trio (Friday 10/10).

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  1. Derrick Boyd sang with The Melody Masters Quartet and then Ken Turner & New Millenium when he and another member (Roger Burnett) split from MMQ.
    You may have been grouping The Carolina Boys/Kingsmen together since they had the same members during their name changes but they were never known as The Kingsmen when Derrick was on board. He replaced Jerry Martin in the Carolina Boys and was replaced by Jeremy Peace shortly before the group changed back to the Kingsmen.
    He also filled in for Palmetto State Quartet when there was a big flip flop in tenors involving The Carolina Boys, Dove Brothers, and Palmetto State.
    Derrick is a great tenor. As I’ve mentioned before, I’d love to see a Dixie Melody Boys reunion with him, McCray Dove, and Rodney Griffin singing togther again with Ed O’Neal. Gonna Praise The Lord Live is one of my all time favorite cassettes.

  2. I had actually thought that he was the one Carolina Boys member who was never one of the Kingsmen. I’d been working from the Woodsmen Quartet’s press release (on, which said he sang with the Kingsmen. I threw Carolina Boys into my summary, but I should probably have checked farther and dropped the Kingsmen credit altogether.

  3. I should have mentioned The MMQ and KT&NM stint was after Heaven Bound (I think). Another note of interest Ken Turner & New Millenium ended up merging with Blackwood Gospel Quartet (where Derrick ended up later) but Derrick was with The Carolina Boys at the time. [EDIT, 2/22/13: Broken link removed.]