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Talley Trio Adding A Fourth Member

July 25, 2011 By: Aaron Category: SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, Talley Trio

David Murray has the scoop (which he got from Dana Russell): The Talley Trio is becoming the Talley Quartet (though I’d imagine if they change the name, it would go back to their original group name, The Talleys.) Update: Daniel Mount confirmed that the name will indeed change to The Talleys.

Brian Alvey, new husband of Lauren Talley and former Tribute Quartet tenor, is joining the group on stage within the month, according to the announcement from Roger Talley made from the stage at the Steve Hurst School of Music last night. It is unclear whether he will sing the baritone or whether Roger will drop down and give Brian the lead part, but I seem to remember reading somewhere that Brian sang baritone for another group at one time or another. (EDIT: He filled in for Southern Sound on baritone, and when Anthony Facello started Beyond The Ashes [Anthony Facello & Crossroad], he sang baritone there.)

Before I go any further, I’ll say that my hat’s off to my friend Mike Cook for calling this move months ago!

In all seriousness, he has brought up this possibility in discussions ever since Brian & Lauren got engaged. And really, it makes sense. The daughter in the group marries a singer who is a great talent in his own right, and he’s right there on the bus anyway. Why not let him sing?

Time will tell whether David Murray’s prediction that Roger will slowly phase to the piano man role will pan out, but in the meantime, I’m very interested to hear how the sound changes with four voices instead of three.