Tuesday, June 26, 2007
J.G. Whitfield Memorial Sing-SOLD OUT!!!
We were extremely excited about this concert since there has not been a "Homecoming" concert in Pensacola for The Dixie Echoes and Florida Boys. Secondly, with the announcement of the Florida Boys retirement coming at the end of July, it made this concert even more bittersweet. June 22, 2007 marked the final concert for the Florida Boys, not only in the state of Florida, but also in their hometown, as well as the final concert performance of the Florida Boys and Dixie Echoes together. What a sweet time we had! Special thanks to all who came out to support these two groups. And the outpouring of former members that showed up was just outstanding. Hope you enjoy the photos! Settle in because there's a ton of pics to look at! A date is currently being set for next year's J.G. Whitfield Memorial Sing, make your plans now to be in Pensacola next June!!
Bass Singer Quartet! (L-R): Mike Bullock(Dixie Echoes), Butch Owens(Florida Boys), Tracy Crouch(Dixie Echoes), and Billy Todd(Florida Boys & Dixie Echoes). Anyone care to guess what the combined I.Q. of this group is??? I'm guessing about 2.5! hehe
Behind the Florida Boys table: (L-R): Josh Garner, Billy and Jane Todd, Glen Allred and Mike Bullock. Behind the Dixie Echoes table, Butch Owens and Andrew Shelnut(Randy's brother and former Dixie Echoes tenor and drummer).
Hazel happened to have several thousand copies of J.G.'s biography for sale at the concert. Here Hazel is autographing a copy for a fan. "Whit" would have been proud to see Hazel with something to sell at a concert!
Hal Kennedy, the "little man with a big voice", providing his classic introduction to the "Gospel Singing Jubilee" television show followed by everyone singing a few lines of "Jubilee, Jubilee, your invited to this happy jubilee!" My personal favorite highlight of the evening!
Not everyone is completely visible, but I'll try to get everyone in. (L-R): Dallas Rogers, Josh Garner, Randy Shelnut, Hazel Whitfield, Tommy Atwood(behind Hazel), Les Beasley, Glen Allred, Hal Kennedy, Butch Owens(behind Stewart), Stewart Varnado, Billy Todd, Scoot Shelnut, Derrell Stewart, Mike Bullock, and Tracy Crouch.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Suwannee River Jubilee...In Photos
This years Suwannee saw some changes in tickets and gate entrances. Thank you to everyone for helping us make some of these transitions as easy as possible. In the picture above you can see Stewart Varnado's mom, Janice(seated), and Randy Shelnut's wife, Paula, along with a couple of concert goers.
Singing News magazine editor, Danny Jones served as our emcee for the week and did an outstanding job. Above Danny is paying tribute to the Florida Boys rich history not only in Southern Gospel music as a whole, but as a part of the Suwannee River Jubilee. A very fitting tribute, thank you Danny! (L-R): Danny Jones, Les Beasley, Glen Allred, and Derrell Stewart.
The famous Chuck Wagon Gang took the stage for the first time. They were an instant crowd favorite. Be on the lookout for a possible return of "The Gang" to next years Suwannee! In the background are co-promoters of the Suwannee, Colbert and Joyce Croft. Each morning at the Suwannee Colbert and Joyce lead a chapel service and Joyce also organizes and forms the Suwannee River Jubilee Children's Choir which performs a couple of times on the main stage.
A favorite local group, Southern Joy, have become a Suwannee crowd favorite. Made up of Junior Combs and his children, Wesley and Jessica, they won the talent contest at last years Suwannee and went on to win the talent contest at The World's Largest All-Nite Singing at Bonifay, Florida as well as captured First place at the National Quartet Convention Talent Contest.
The Booth Brothers return to the Suwannee stage after an eight year absence. The crowd absolutely loved them. Let me just say a special thanks to the Booth Brothers. They rescheduled their vacation to be with us. Years ago when the Booths were just getting started and needed places to sing, Randy Shelnut always let them sing at the Suwannee and the Booth Brothers wanted to show their thanks to Randy and the Dixie Echoes. As far as we're concerned the Booth Brothers have a standing open invitation to the Suwannee River Jubilee!
Here's a panoramic shot of the great crowd at this years Suwannee River Jubilee. Once again thank you to all of you who made this year's Suwannee the greatest ever! I hope everyone will return next and bring some friends!! Be sure and visit www.dixieechoes.com/suwannee.html for complete information about the upcoming Fall Jubilee which will take place October 4-6, 2007 and be watching for talent line-ups and information for the next Summer Jubilee which will take place June 12-14, 2008.