A Tough Year for Quartets
The last year has been pretty tough on quartets. The news that all the members of Palmetto State Quartet left (except manager/lead singer Kerry Beatty) came yesterday. [EDIT, 11/8/10: The link is broken and has been removed.] This is the fourth group within the last year to have this happen:
- All the four traveling members of the Anchormen left to start Driven. The manager and former drums player, Tim Bullins, was not a traveling member of the group. Bullens hired a regional group, Chapter IV, to become the new Anchormen.
- All the members of Monument Quartet except tenor / bus owner Marshall Pugh left to form Tribute Quartet. At that point, Pugh led Monument into Country music, which has led some to believe that the earlier Monument lineup heard of the plans and wanted to stick to Gospel music.
- All the members of Mercy’s Mark except pianist / manager Garry Jones left a few months ago. Their plans are not yet announced, but their fans are definitely hoping they’ll stay in Southern Gospel music.
Add to that that the Florida Boys and the Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet have disbanded within the past year, and it’s simply been tough for quartets this year.