Saturday News Roundup #179

Worth Knowing

  • 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.

Worth Watching

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:

Worth Discussing

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  1. I liked Michael with the Dixie Echoes, but you can tell he’s much more comfortable in the lead range.

    Speaking of Michael, I just got emailed the NQC Music Awards Entry Form. Michael was nominated as tenor and listed as still with the Dixie Echoes.

    • There were a number of other out-of-date nominations, including David Ragan and (I think) even Jodi Hosterman with the Inspirations.

  2. The Blackwood Brothers Quartet performance on the first & last night at the Memphis Quartet Show was outstanding. I really enjoyed Michael singing lead in this group.

  3. That rendition of “It is Well” certainly blessed my soul. I felt it right down to my toes. That’s some goooood music!