After experiencing health problems this past weekend at the Grand Ole Gospel Reunion, Dove Brothers Band bass singer Burman Porter has announced that he is coming off the road. Porter had this to say on his Facebook page:
Today, with mixed emotions, I tendered my resignation to The Dove Brothers Band.
Many of you know that this past weekend during the Grand Ole Gospel Reunion, I suffered chest pains that led me to make a trip to the local emergency room on the night that I was to perform with the Grand Ole Gospel Reunion Quartet. After several rounds of blood tests, x-rays, and an EKG I was released with instructions to not be far from home and to see my family physician as quickly as possible.
I cannot thank my friends at the Grand Ole Gospel Reunion enough for their kindness and understanding as I missed the evening performance that I had been looking forward to for a year. During my visit to the hospital I received numerous calls, text messages, and Facebook messages offering prayers and encouragement. I am very thankful that I have true friends who think enough of me to reach out like that.
Following the evening performances The Dove Brothers left Greenville, SC for an extended tour that I did not feel comfortable taking considering the warning from the ER doctors, so I remained in Greenville, 3 blocks from the hospital for the remainder of the weekend. We returned home Sunday morning and Robin went with me to see my doctor today. We were told that the source of my chest pain is stress…and that I should do anything within my ability to reduce my stress level in order to stop the pains and avoid future complications.
Following my doctor visit, and after talking with Robin, we informed McCray that we feel it best that I not return to the road with the group. McCray says he has found my replacement, so I’m sure you can look for his announcement sometime soon…but I wanted you to hear it from me first.
While we hate to see such a great talent step down, it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry when it comes to one’s health. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing Burman back with the group that he helped to start, and prayers are being sent for him and his health, as well as for the Dove Brothers Band as they carry on.