Saturday News Roundup #179
- David Mann is leaving the group he founded, Promise, to rejoin Mark Blackwood’s Blackwood Quartet. In an open letter, Mann cited the financial pressures of raising a family with three young children as his reason for the move. Promise tenor T.J. Evans, who was practically a founding member—joining just a couple of weeks after the group’s launch—will be carrying Promise forward.
- Leslie Taylor will be rejoining The Taylors, marking a return to the sibling foursome’s founding lineup.
- Tracy Stuffle has been making significant progress in therapy this week, as he recovers from his stroke and multiple brain hemorrhages. This week, he has been able to kick a ball, fist-pump with his left hand, and take a shower.
Few videos have surfaced of the Blackwood Brothers since Michael Helwig replaced the retiring Jimmy Blackwood at lead. But this video from the Memphis Quartet Show demonstrates just what this lineup can achieve:
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