On the heels of the Mark Trammell Quartet’s announcement of change in the group, here’s one that is arguably the most shocking to come along in quite a while:
Dear Legacy Five Family,
If you know me at all, you know I am a man of few words, so I’ll be brief.
It is with much regret that I am announcing my resignation. Effective immediately, I will no longer be traveling and singing with Legacy Five. I have had the time of my life, traveling the highways with L5, getting to meet so many wonderful people. However, nothing lasts forever. I have been honored to see so many things that I would have never had the opportunity to, apart from L5. I have so many wonderful memories, and I will miss so many people.
Please keep me and my family in your thoughts and prayers, and continue to pray for and encourage L5. I will miss those men, and I doubt there will be a day that passes where I don’t think of them. I have so many wonderful memories.
In His Grip,
Glenn “Cuz” Dustin
The group goes on to state that they have started looking for a new bass, and interested singers can send an mp3 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I, for one, never expected this news, but I understand that change is inevitable. Dustin’s vocal technique has developed quite nicely over his twelve years in the group since its inception, and he is leaving the group as one of the smoothest and best-blending bass singers in the industry.
As with any change, the speculation of “who’s the new singer” will start soon, so I will throw my prediction in here. If Legacy Five were to go with an already “established” name, they couldn’t go wrong with Randy Byrd. Not only does he have the depth and power to handle the bass parts for the group, but on the group’s Know So Salvation project, they took two of his features with the Blackwood Brothers (“O Say But I’m Glad” and “Where No One Stands Alone”) and gave them to Glenn Dustin. Similar arrangements, same key. Having that connection makes the prospect of his hiring very intriguing.
They may very well go for an “unknown” singer, so let’s have fun with this one. How about this bass singer? Don’t know his name, but he can tote the mail: