UPDATE: Blackwood Gospel Quartet evidently not disbanding
UPDATE (10/10/08, 9:59 AM): Jennifer Blackwood, Mark’s wife, comments below:
Mark and Ron have done concerts together recently and there are plans to do more in the future. However, Mark has no plans to discontinue HIS group. It is funny how there is so much ditscussion here, yet no one has even asked the folks involved.
ORIGINAL POST: SoGospelNews recently posted a feature interview with Ron Blackwood of the Blackwood Singers / Blackwood Quartet. It’s a fascinating read, and has one particularly newsworthy item. [EDIT, 2/22/13: Broken link removed.] Ron was asked to list the three Blackwood Groups in existence today, and in the process of so doing mentioned that there would soon be two:
There are 3 Blackwood Groups The Blackwood Quartet which is ME! and then My Cousin Jimmy Blackwood & The Blackwood Brothers and Mark Blackwood. Mark is joining me after the first of the year and will no longer have his group. We are all Family and work well together. I do all I can to help Jimmy and Mark. They are my Cousins and I love them.
Mark Blackwood has run the Blackwood Gospel Quartet for several years and sings baritone. Since Ron and R.W. Blackwood hold down the lead and baritone positions, with John Rulapaugh on tenor and Rick Fair on bass, it’s not immediately clear what part he will be singing. But it will be a little less confusing to have just two Blackwood groups.