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Archie Watkins Resigns From The Inspirations

February 18, 2009 By: Aaron Category: SG Artists, SG History, SG Industry News, SG Legends, SG Music, The Inspirations

Daniel Mount got it partly right; Archie is leaving The Inspirations.

However, he is not retiring completely. Check out this press release from the Singing News:

Archie Watkins Resigns From Inspirations Quartet

Long-time tenor and founding member of the Inspirations Quartet, Archie Watkins, has announced his resignation after 45 years on the road with the group.

Watkins informed Singing News, “I will be continuing my ministry as a solo artist.” His last appearance with the Inspirations will be Feb. 28 at New Hope Church (formerly the Lee Greenwood Theater) in Sevierville, Tennessee.

Anyone wishing to contact Archie can call (828)497-9798, send an email to info@archiewatkins.com or visit his website at www.archiewatkins.com.

I can see where this move makes sense; Archie could work at his own pace and not have to keep a full road schedule all the time. However, I wonder how big his fanbase will be. Sure, the 45 years of Southern Gospel Music history will certainly be a draw, but not everyone is a fan of Watkins’ Appalachian tenor style.

I can only imagine the conversation that will take place once Averyfineline gets wind that Archie is embarking on a solo ministry.

With all of that said, I am eager to hear the new Inspirations lineup in concert. Dallas Rogers (the new tenor) has such a similar style to Watkins that the group will sound essentially the same. I hear tell the young new lead, David Ragan, is very good as well.

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