Aaron Swain's blog about Southern Gospel Music, News, and other items of interest in the SG world.

Woodsmen Quartet Welcomes Two New Members

February 20, 2014 By: Aaron Category: SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, Woodsmen Quartet

We all know about the big announcement this week with the Gaither Vocal Band. That’s been covered well, so I won’t rehash it. Instead, I’ll spotlight another group that has reconfigured.

You may have seen the Woodsmen Quartet in their brief appearances on main stage at NQC, or maybe you’ve heard of them because of some of their past members (Derrick Boyd of the Dixie Melody Boys, Carolina Boys, and others, or Jim Huston, brother to Bryan Hutson of the Kingsmen and Soul’d Out Quartet). They’ve recently had a shift in membership, with two faces that some might recognize coming on board:

The Woodsmen Quartet would like to announce the new additions to the group!

As you may have already heard, Josh Arnett, our lead singer has announced his departure and has decided to pursue other things. Josh is one of the best lead singers in the business and we will definitely miss him a lot as he was a huge part of the Woodsmen and always will be! We are thankful for Josh’s time with us and wish him the best! Coming back to sing lead for the Woodsmen is our own Jim Hutson, as you may have heard. We’re very excited to have Jim back with us and look forward to see what will happen in 2014!

Some of you may have heard but our tenor, Scott Joss has also announced his departure from the Woodsmen. Scotty has been a great asset and we will miss him and wish him the best! Coming in to fill in the tenor shoes is 22 year old Daniel Rivera from Merrillville, IN. Daniel is no stranger to Southern g=Gospel music. Having sung with The Toney Brothers, Blackwood Legacy, Promise, and The Hallmark Quartet, Daniel brings to the stage a sound of a seasoned southern gospel veteran. We look forward to this brand new lineup and can’t wait to see what God has in store! They will start together in March!

This has the makings of a quartet with a great sound. I’m not all that familar with Jim Hutson’s singing (just enough to know he’s good), but I actually got to hear Daniel Rivera when he filled in with Promise back in 2012. Here are a couple of clips from that concert:

It’s safe to say that these two men will be an asset to the Woodsmen Quartet.

Youtube Spotlight: Promise

May 22, 2012 By: Aaron Category: Promise, SG Artists, SG Music, Youtube

Last Sunday, I headed over to Amherst, VA to hear this new trio in concert. Just over a year old, the group’s self-titled debut project received favorable reviews around the Southern Gospel blogosphere, so I was looking forward to hearing them in a live setting. Since this service marked the beginning of a week-long revival at the church, the group did an abbreviated concert, but still managed to sing plenty of music. Take a look:



Group Changes This Week

February 25, 2012 By: Aaron Category: Blackwood Legacy, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, The Songfellows Quartet

There have been at least two lineup changes to different groups that have come down the pipe this week:

1. First change comes to The Songfellows Quartet. Bass singer Brad Smith has left the group after accepting a job with Fee Entertainment, and will be singing at the Hatfield/McCoy Theatre at Pigeon Forge as part of the Country Jamboree Breakfast Show. This will make the second Blackwood group that Smith has been a part of; he sang with Mark Blackwood’s Blackwood Quartet a few years back, and has now joined RW and Donna Blackwood for this show. The Songfellows Quartet is now seeing the return of Butch Owens, who is a strong bass singer as well, joining alongside tenor Rick Strickland, lead Bob Jones, Jr., and baritone Ed Hill.

Smith was a huge asset to The Songfellows in both sound and promotion; he did a great job at getting the group’s name out there to a lot of people. I’m sure he’ll do the same promoting for this last venture as well!

2. Blackwood Legacy was a trio that has recently garnered some attention on Daniel Mount’s blog for their unique rendition of “Glory Road.” I say “was” because they are no longer a trio. The group announced the addition of tenor Daniel Rivera today, making the group a quartet. The press release explains the ins and outs of this change:

Daniel Childs, grandson of the late Cecil Blackwood and lead singer of the quartet Blackwood Legacy, announced today the addition of Daniel Rivera as tenor singer.

“I’ve been singing the tenor part for over a year,” Childs stated, “and this past month, our group leader Rick Price made the decision to have mercy on me and hire a high tenor, moving me down to lead, and making our trio into a quartet.  Daniel Rivera was the obvious choice for this position because of his youth, his easy-going temperament, and his high singing ability… all of which are traits that make him a perfect match for how we operate as a group.”

Rivera joined the group on tour in Phoenix, Arizona this past week, and has already become a great addition to the group’s live concert.  Having previously sung full-time with the Hallmark Quartet and the Toney Brothers Quartet, Rivera brings to the group a soaring tenor vocal and a dynamic stage presence.

Blackwood Legacy, signed to Mansion Entertainment, places ministry first in all matters, and endeavors to progressively carry on the work of the late Cecil Blackwood.

The personnel lineup is now Daniel Rivera singing tenor, Daniel Childs singing lead, Luke Yates as baritone / pianist, and Rick Price handling the bass vocal and emcee work.

For more information, visit the group online at www.theblackwoodlegacy.com.

For a preview of the group’s sound with Rivera’s addition, here’s a video. And yes, Glory Road is there as well!