The Good News:
After quite a long wait (and quite a bit of a trial period), The Kingsmen have hired a piano player. Bryan Hutson signed onto SouthernGospelForums.com and posted this about the piano player and the reconstruction of the Mighty Kingsmen Band:
“…Yes, we hired a piano player. Cody McVey from Alderson, WV. The band? I think once the economy gets back on it’s feet, we will look into bringing back the band….”
And what better way to introduce Cody to the SG blogging world than a video of his playing?
An interesting tidbit about Cody: he studied under former Kingsmen pianist Anthony Burger.
The Bad News:
On September 5, the SG and Gospel Bluegrass world will say goodbye to one of its oldest and finest groups: The Lewis Family. From a news article on SoGospelNews.com:
The Lewis Family has reached the difficult decision of announcing their retirement. They want to thank all their friends and fans who have supported them during these past 60 years. Continuing health issues and age have caused them to examine their traveling schedule, and they have set their last date as September 5, 2009.
60 years is quite an impressive tenure to have been a group. I’m sad to see that time come to an end, but I commend the Lewis Family on such a longstanding career.