Randy Byrd joins LeFevre Quartet

Randy ByrdEarly this afternoon, Randy Byrd posted on Facebook that he has joined the LeFevre Quartet. He moved from Tennessee to North Carolina to join the Anchormen in August. Since he spent nearly a decade on the Blackwood Brothers’ bus, he decided to post an explanation of his reasons for the move. His children and grandchildren all live in Tennessee. He wanted to be able to sing but still live near to them. When the LeFevre Quartet position came open, he said, “after much prayer and talking with Tim Bullins, I made the decision to move back to Tennessee.”

He added: “I can’t stress enough how hard it was to leave the Anchormen. Tim, Terry, Karl and Chip, I love you with all my heart!”


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  1. Seems like a good fit!

    • I traveled to Windsor, South Carolina this evening to hear the LeFevres. I believe this was Thomas Nalley’s third weekend with the the quartet, and Randy Byrd’s second. The program went extremely smooth and blends were tight. They were fabulous! The LeFevres have the right look, the right sound and the right people! I had an opportunity to speak at some length with Mike, Thomas and Randy and have never met anyone in SG more friendly. To all of you pastors and promoters out there, you need to book these guys!

      As a side note, Hall of Fame member (and former Oak Ridge Boy) Willie Wynn was there and sang one song with the guys. I had not seen Willie in many years, but he looks great. It was a very nice bonus to hear him again.

      • I agree with you. My wife and I went to see them about 18 months ago in the Northwest and the guys couldn’t have been nicer.

  2. Wow! We have seen so many changes of bass singers that we need a score card for who was with what group, who left, who went where. Either that, or we need some new bass singers entering Southern Gospel music. We are running low on basses

    • I would sing bass for a gospel quartet in a heartbeat; the only problem is distance (I live in Canada), prep (I have no demo, nor means of making one) and pay (gotta support the family).

      In the meantime I sing bass in my church choir.

      • You mean a position in one of the top 20 SG quartets wouldn’t pay well? I have not clue what guys get paid in some of the prestigious quartets, but I always assumed it would be on the high side. Especially when you see guys moving across the country to sing with a different quartet or, like Josh Cobb, traveling to Georgia regularly to sing with Gold City. If they didn’t get paid a descant rate this would be entirely impractical.

      • It depends on how you define “well.” The top 20 quartets ought to be above minimum wage, by at least a little, but I suspect that there are very few people drawing $40,000 / year salaries in SG.

    • Have we really “lost” many though? Most have simply reshuffled across different groups, but that’s no different than any other quartet position.

      Barry and Dustin are the only ones I can think of that have left the road. I’m sure Daniel will remind me of others though lol….

  3. Let roll

  4. I am excited about Randy being with Lefevre Quartet. I think he will be a great fit and Randy is personally one of my ALL time favorite bass singers. Along with that, he is one classy guy! He and I got to be friends at NQC a few years ago and we still talk quite often! My daughter thinks the sun rises and sets on Randy Byrd! LOL! Thanks for the post Daniel! I think it will be interesting to see who Anchormen get now but one thing is for sure, they always seem to get some great bass singers! Hope everyone has a blessed evening!

  5. So who do ya’ll think would be a good fit for The Anchormen?

    • How about the return of David Hester? Or possibly Glenn Dustin?

      • Excellent! Fabulous! Wonderful! This is great news! Mike has hired the best man for the job! I am anxious to see the group with Randy on bass. I am really happy for the LeFevre Quartet and for Randy. I’m not big on predictions, but this will be the quartet to watch in 2013. Maybe we should refer to them as the “Comeback Quartet!”

        Randy has a huge following on his own and will maintain the class that Mike is known for. All they need now is a piano player and they will certainly be one of the top quartets in the nation.

        Thanks Mike and Randy! It’s going to be a great year!

      • BTW, it’s my understanding that David Hester is now working for a power company in NC and doing quite well for himself. Glenn Dustin remains a mystery to me, but hopefully will return to SG someday…

      • I LOVE those guys, but them with the anchormen? Not my favorite people. Don’t know if it would seem right. Doesn’t fit..

      • Oh, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. If either of them wants the job, they’re more than talented enough to make it work brilliantly.

  6. What happened to Dale Forbes? He’s no longer with the Anchormen?

    • Hey Jeff, it’s my understanding that Dale couldn’t shake the itch and calling as a pastor. I’m not sure where he is, but I believe he’s pastoring a church somewhere in North Carolina.

      • That’s my understanding with Dale as well. Dale’s successor with the Anchormen (sorry, don’t recall his name) is a great singer and sounds a lot like Dale. I’m sure if he stays in gospel music much longer, we’ll all know his name. I was really hoping the Anchormen could find a taste of stability with their most recent lineup but that didn’t happen. Saw them a few months ago and was blown away with their big sound and program. Praying they can find a good fit and hold onto to their three current trio members. Awesome potential if they can.

  7. The one that replaced Dale is Chip Pullen. He is an amazing person.

    • It should be noted that I only found out about Chip from Randy’s facebook page. I was surprised Daniel didn’t catch it.

      • Honestly, I hadn’t even been looking yet. 🙂

      • Okay, I’m gonna admit to something here. I’m a huge quartet-membership history geek. I keep charts. I try to make them as accurate as possible but I will admit to faking it sometimes when there’s just no way to find out.

        I check this site daily to see if there have been any changes. This goes double when there’s a group with a position that goes weeks to months without being filled (the re-structuring of the Dixie Echoes, plus how long it was taking the LeFevre Quartet to find a bass nearly drove me to distraction; I love it when a group finds a replacement before even announcing that anyone is leaving).

      • I’m rather a quartet membership history geek. I say “rather” because most people would call me extreme, but I only track the top thirty quartets or so. 🙂

  8. This is not meant to be an insult to the group at all (actually a compliment), but the Anchormen, as I have understood them, have basically been the kind of group that finds and nurtures great talents that later go on to bigger groups.

    It’s fairly rare, isn’t it, for an established “name” in gospel music to join that group, right? Randy did, obviously, but he’s one of the rare exceptions.

    Something about Glen Dustin joining them just seems…wrong, like Matthew said. Plus it sounds like just picking a name that you know isn’t with a group right now and plugging him in.

    The replacement will likely be an unknown.

  9. I wonder if you’d like to see my charts. Well, “lists” would be a more accurate term. I’ve got…a lot.

    • Sure! And have you ever compared your lists to SGHistory.com’s lists? I am one of that site’s contributors.

      • Sure have. I used to be one of the contribs myself. And then my marriage took a huge southward turn (my first marriage) and I kinda quit caring about much for a long while.

        I find sghistory to be an invaluable sight about 75% of the time. But there’s so much missing it can be agrivating. Plus, I make my lists like this:

        Gaither Vocal Band
        1980-82
        Bill Gaither: Baritone
        Steve Green: Tenor
        Gary McSpadden: Lead
        Lee Young: Bass

        1982-83
        Bill Gaither: Baritone
        Steve Green: Tenor
        Gary McSpadden: Lead
        Jon Mohr: Bass

        1983-84
        Bill Gaither: Baritone
        Gary McSpadden: Lead
        Jon Mohr: Bass
        Larnelle Harris: Tenor

        1984-87
        Bill Gaither: Bass
        Gary McSpadden: Baritone
        Larnelle Harris: Tenor
        Michael English: Lead

        1987
        Bill Gaither: Bass
        Gary McSpadden: Baritone
        Michael English: Lead
        Lemuel Miller: Tenor

        1987-88
        Bill Gaither: Bass
        Gary McSpadden: Baritone
        Michael English: Lead
        Jim Murray: Tenor

        1988-92
        Bill Gaither: Bass
        Michael English: Lead
        Jim Murray: Tenor
        Mark Lowry: Baritone

        1992-94
        Bill Gaither: Bass
        Michael English: Lead
        Mark Lowry: Baritone
        Terry Franklin: Tenor

        1994
        Bill Gaither: Bass
        Mark Lowry: Baritone
        Terry Franklin: Tenor
        Buddy Mullins: Lead

        1994
        Bill Gaither: Bass
        Mark Lowry: Baritone
        Buddy Mullins: Lead
        Jonathan Pierce: Tenor

        1994-97
        Bill Gaither: Bass
        Mark Lowry: Baritone
        Jonathan Pierce: Tenor
        Guy Penrod: Lead

        1997-01
        Bill Gaither: Bass
        Mark Lowry: Baritone
        Guy Penrod: Lead
        David Phelps: Tenor

        2001-04
        Bill Gaither: Bass
        Guy Penrod: Lead
        David Phelps: Tenor
        Russ Taff: Baritone

        2004-05
        Bill Gaither: Bass
        Guy Penrod: Lead
        David Phelps: Tenor
        Marshall Hall: Baritone

        2005-08
        Bill Gaither: Bass
        Guy Penrod: Lead
        Marshall Hall: Baritone
        Wes Hampton: Tenor

        2008
        Bill Gaither: Bass
        Marshall Hall: Baritone
        Wes Hampton: Tenor
        Jason Crabb: Lead

        2008
        Bill Gaither: Bass
        Mark Lowry: Baritone
        Marshall Hall: Lead
        Wes Hampton: Tenor

        2008
        Bill Gaither: Bass
        David Phelps: Tenor
        Marshall Hall: Lead/Baritone
        Wes Hampton: Baritone/Lead

        2009-
        Bill Gaither: Bass
        Michael English: Lead
        Mark Lowry: Baritone
        David Phelps: First Tenor
        Wes Hampton: Second Tenor

        So I always have to re-format it. And it gets stuff wrong quite a bit. Another good source of information has been the historical articles at gogr.com.

      • Well, whenever you notice something missing, and you know the missing piece, I’d love it if you let me know, so that I can update it. Thanks!

  10. For sure. Actually, I probably still am a site contributor for sghistory but I have no idea how to login anymore or even if I would be recognized anymore.

    I’m Old Soldier, btw. You and I had a lot of good “discussions” on Harry Potter and other things back when AbsolutelyGospel was SoGospelNews.