Ben Hart leaves Dixie Echoes

Yesterday evening, the Dixie Echoes announced on Facebook that pianist Ben Hart has left the group. They commented: “The Dixie Echoes are sad to announce the departure of pianist, Ben Hart. Ben has been a great part of the quartet, and we are sad to see him and his wife, Alisa, move on, but we know God has great things in store for them in the future.”

Hart had joined the group summer 2012; his hire was announced that August.

They are seeking auditions for his replacement. Interested pianists can email

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  1. Does Scoot have full ownership of the Dixie Echoes since Stewart Varnado is no longer in the music industry? Didn’t Stewart and Scoot take over from Randy a few years back?

    • I assume so, but I don’t know for 100% sure.

  2. Tough loss. He is a great piano player and I enjoyed him on stage. He was like Stewart without coffee

    • “He was like Stewart without coffee” – Quote of the month!

  3. Thanks!! Daniel, my entire comment didn’t make it from my phone to you. Had to be the operator

    • Well, I can assure you I didn’t delete any of it. 🙂

  4. DID IT AGAIN!! Short version.. They’ll be fine

  5. Maybe it’s just my thinking, but don’t the Dixie Echoes do about as many concerts a year as any group out there? I could see one getting weary of that type of heavy schedule after awhile. Especially for someone who is married. Now if you could get to travel and sing with your spouse, that would be different. So maybe road life is only good for single people and family groups.

    • Good for singles and family groups, yes, but there are also occasional couples that adjust well to the schedules. Mark and LaReesa Trammell come to mind as a couple that seems to have adjusted really well.

      • I wouldn’t go so far to say that road life is good for only “single people and family groups”, but I would add that when Mark & LaReesa got married, it was definitely a different era, not that people are less committed today, but I believe fewer are answering God’s Call in this day, and when you live on a bus and are away from home two-thirds of the year, you must be Called or Crazy. . . . in my opinion. 🙂

  6. FYI, Ben was at the piano with the Dixie Echoes tonight in Lakeland FL and no mention was made of him leaving the group. Maybe he will fill in for them until a replacement is found….