News and Notes For 8/13/2013

Yes, I’m still here, though life is insanely busy these days with an 8 year old starting soccer next week and a 6 year old that has started competitive cheerleading.  🙂  There have been several stories that have made the rounds lately that I really shouldn’t, and cannot, ignore.

  • Tracy Stuffle is back in ICU.  He has several challenges ahead of him, not the least of which is a so-far completely drug-resistant infection.  None of the antibiotics they have tried have worked.  There is an infectious disease doctor coming in to advise on how to treat further.  The infection has greatly reduced Tracy’s kidney function as well.  PLEASE be in fervent prayer for Tracy, Libbi, and Jared Stuffle, and for the rest of the Perrys.  Libbi has shown incredible strength throughout this entire ordeal, pray that God will continute to grant her that strength.
  • Josh Garner has departed Freedom and joined the Dixie Melody Boys as their new lead singer.  Garner has an incredible lead voice, and gives the DMB what is sure to be a fantastic vocal lineup.  I’ll be interested in hearing their first CD together, as it should be very, very good.  John Rulapaugh has every intention of keeping Freedom going, though as has been the case until now, on a very limited travel schedule.  Pray for John as he searches for a new lead singer.
  • Burman Porter announced last night that he was leaving the Dove Brothers due to health issues (hat tip, DJM).  Burman indicated that McCray has a replacement lined up already, so be watching for that announcement soon.

I’ve got several things coming up for the blog, including a review of the latest CD from the Old Paths, These Truths and I’ll revisit those Blackwood Brothers 78s I told you about a couple of months ago with a Classics Corner post. Finding blogging time has become challenging, but maybe the posts will be worth the wait!

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Ron Blackwood Quartet Signs With Homeland

The Ron Blackwood Quartet recently announced their signing with Homeland Records.  This comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that Homeland artists, The Songfellows Quartet, welcomed Wayne Maynard Tony Peace and Harold Gilley to their group.  This means that John Rulapaugh, Josh Garner, Wayne Maynard, and Harold Gilley are all on Homeland’s roster.  That is a quartet that I’d love to hear in and of itself!  Maybe Homeland is finally starting to gather a little steam.  The next thing that I’d like to see announced is archival digital releases from Homeland, RiverSong, and HeartWarming, but as of now that is still at “dream on” status.

Blackwood Quartet Hits The Road

As reported by several SG media outlets and blogs, Ron Blackwood has decided to leave the theater performances and hit the road with his own quartet. John Rulapaugh is singing tenor, Josh Garner is the lead, Tracy Trent will sing baritone, Trent Adams is the bass, and Joe Cox is the pianist. Ron will serve as the MC and occasional vocalist. Adams and Cox join the group from The Old Paths. I personally am glad to see Rulapaugh back on the quartet circuit. He’s way too good of a tenor to not be out on the road. Time will tell what comes of this group, but the potential is certainly there for a fine sounding quartet!

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