NEWS FROM THE END OF 2023 & THE BEGINNING OF 2024
Oak Ridge Boys tenor singer Joe Bonsall announced he has left the group due to an ongoing neuromuscular condition that has progressed to the point he can no longer walk. Ben James has joined the group to sing the tenor notes as the Oaks continue their American Made Farewell Tour in 2024.
Sonlite Records announced the addition of Sound Street trio to their family of recording artists. A single is scheduled to release this month with a full album to come later. Roger Talley is producing the new recording.
The Dixie Echoes announced the departure of bass singer Mark Cates. Cates sang previously with the group from 2016 to 2018 and began his more recent tenure in 2022. Bass singers who are interested in applying for the open position are asked to send a demo and resume by email to: email@example.com.
Former Dixie Echoes, Wilburns, and Blackwood Brothers singer Michael Helwig passed away on December 24.
Peg McKamey Bean of The McKameys passed away on December 26 after suffering a stroke two weeks earlier. Her memorial service was held on December 29 in Clinton, Tennessee.
The dates listed here are distribution dates when music will officially be available through retail and online outlets. Some titles may be available sooner direct from the artists.
January 26 – What I’m For – Dave Adkins (CD/streaming)
February 23 – Donna Ulisse – Mountain Lily (CD/streaming)