Saturday News Roundup #182


Worth Knowing

  • If you follow our Upcoming Releases column, this might not exactly be news, but Daywind has officially announced the signing of The Browders. Their debut Daywind release, Time Machine, comes out August 6th.
  • Charlotte Mull, co-owner of Knoxville, TN’s WJBZ-FM, passed away this week. She was the daughter of noted promoters J. Bazzel Mull and Elizabeth “Lady” Mull.
  • Tracy Stuffle Stroke Recovery update: He is now able to whisper Libbi’s and Jared’s names. On Thursday, he was able to stand four times. He had a test to determine his ability to eat without a feeding tube; he showed good progress, but not enough for the tube to be removed yet.

Worth Watching

Apropos of Thursday’s Statesmen/Blackwood Brothers discussion, here’s a video of the Statesmen’s golden Denver Crumpler era:

For those of us whose only exposure to this era has been dusty LPs and the occasional YouTube video, it’s a fun humanizing moment to see Big Chief crack up at about the 1:20 mark and miss a line or two!

Worth Discussing

It’s open thread Saturday—you decide!

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  1. Can’t believe no one has anything to say…..What about the two month long events that are coming up? Silver Dollar City in Branson and Dollywood in Pigeon Forge. A lot of groups will be appearing throughout these parks in August and October. Looks like Dollywood has cut back on some well known groups that have been big for them. Don’t remember seeing Tribute Qt or Soul’d Out Qt on their schedule.

    • Robert, Tribute QT is scheduled for Dollywood on November 1 along with Brian Free & Assurance. Hate that Soul’d Out isn’t on the schedule. Dollywood is usually the only place I catch them during the year. Luckily, I saw them at the Quartet Show and will see them at NQC. I was glad to see the Old Paths booked in a theater this year. They have been on the Singing News stage the last two years.

      And I agree with you on Dollywood’s schedule. It seems like they have stopped having two or three big names each day and moved to one (sometimes two) bigger name with several smaller groups filling out the schedule.

  2. I am very excited for the Browders… This group has written and recorded some fabulous music. DAYWIND will certainly enhance that.

    It is always good to see old Statesmen videos. Hovie Lister always put a great group together. I went to see the Statesmen in ’74 with totally different vocal personnel – when Little Willie Wynn was singing tenor, post Oak Ridge Boys. It still might be one of the best concerts I’ve ever attended. The were so solid technically – and of course; Hovie made sure you were blessed. As was his custom, He would often have the individual guys say just a few words and sing a song of testimony after they were introduced. I am amazed that no one ever picked this up as a standard…

    Our music sure has a wonderful heritage…


    • We sure do!

      I have seen groups that have done this, but I don’t know that I can think of any that always do it.

  3. Don’t we usually hear info about the NQC webcast by now? They are still doing it this year, right? I know we’re still over a month out, but I’m getting antsy!

    • I had just assumed they would be doing it. I suppose I haven’t heard anything either way.

      • Someone asked the same thing on my Facebook page last night, so I tagged Clarke Beasley. He responded and said they would be announcing details sometime this week on the webcast.

  4. The webcast is available to purchase now for $59.95

  5. Didn’t know where this actually goes but I saw on the Dixie Melody Boys are planning to reveal their new lead singer Monday at noon. Maybe a bigger name than normally associated with DMB. It’s just a guess since I don’t know too many groups that put countdown clocks on their website. Nice touch though.

    • I am sssoooooo hoping for Joseph Habedank…I know it’s highly unlikely, but I can dream, can’t I?

  6. I guess I must have missed something concerning the DMB. Have they been looking for a new lead singer? I thought Austin Foster just joined them in June of 2013.

    • It apparently didn’t work out because at the Memphis Quartet Show, Josh Garner was the fill-in lead singer.

      • Yes, it apparently didn’t work out. An announcement of the new lead singer is coming on Monday.

  7. I may have posed this question on a previous SNR thread, and if I did, I apologize. But am I the only one who would love to see a Perfect Heart reunion? Especially the Funderburk-Shipley-Lanier-Presnell-Stice lineup? Those five made up one of my favorite quartet +1’s EVER.