Changes in Southern Gospel

It’s been a while since I posted an update on lineup changes and the like. So to catch up on some news:

1. It’s now official; Harold Reed is the new Kingsmen tenor. According to Lane Rainwater, the Kingsmen gig is bringing out parts of his range we’ve never heard before. I still think this will be a change from the typical Kingsmen sound, but we’ll see. [EDIT, 11/7/10: Regrettably, the link is broken, so it has been removed.]

2. Chuck Wagon Gang alto (and last remaining family member) Shaye Truax is taking a leave of absence from the road starting June 1. Her position will be filled by Penny Greene. Since she’s the last link to the original group, she will still make selected appearances with the group.

3. It looks like the Jody Brown Indian Family has disbanded, or is at least taking a leave of absence. [EDIT, 11/8/10: The link is broken and has been removed.] I haven’t yet heard a breakout JBIF radio single , a song that’s grabbed my attention the same way a “Calvary Answers for Me,”  “My Name is Lazarus,” or “Once Upon a Cross” does. In other words, I think that they never did break into Southern Gospel’s top tier of most popular artists. But time will tell, and they could always return.

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