Saturday News Roundup #183
- The Down East Boys suffered a devastating bus fire on Thursday. A Facebook update from baritone Daryl Paschal indicates that, apart from the totaled bus, the fire also destroyed $12,000-$15,000 of sound equipment. This forced a cancellation of Thursday’s date, but they were able to arrange alternate transportation for the remainder of their weekend’s dates.
- The Daryl Williams Trio was in the studio this week. A Facebook status update from Shannon Knight, who sang with the trio in the past and recently released a solo project through Crossroads’ Skyland imprint, indicates that he will be on the project, as will recent Gold City tenor Brent Mitchell.
- Beyond the Ashes had a bus fire last Saturday, July 27th. The fire, which was started by a stuck brake, was resolved without much damage thanks to a prompt response by the Atlanta Fire Department. In an eery coincidence, this fire came two years, almost to the date, after a major July 31st, 2011 bus fire that severely damaged their bus.
- Kingsmen bass singer/emcee Ray Dean Reese’s wife Carolyn suffered a fall last Thursday that resulted in surgery last Friday to repair a fractured elbow. She is expected to recover, but complications including arthritis will make the recovery longer and more difficult than usual.
- Tracy Stuffle continues to improve in his stroke recovery; he is speaking more clearly and eating more puréed food.
Here’s an all-star lineup of the Rebels Quartet—founding Booth Brothers member Ronnie Booth Sr. on tenor, Jim Hamill on lead, John Matthews on baritone, legend-in-the-making London Parris on bass, and and Little Jimmy Taylor on piano:
It’s open thread Saturday—you decide!