Stewart Varnado leaves the Dixie Echoes
This is one headline I thought I would never write. But it’s true. Varnado just posted this on his Facebook page:
I’d like to thank the Dixie Echoes for allowing me the opportunity to live out my dream for the past 14 years. I joined the group when I was 17 years old. Randy and Scoot Shelnut have became like family to me, and it’s been a blast traveling with some great guys through the years. I realize that when people put out statements saying they want to spend more time at home, it seems to be a cover for unhappiness within the group. That is not the case here. I simply have the desire to come off the road for a while. I wish nothing but the best for the Dixie Echoes, and pray that one day, if it’s God’s will, I can return to Gospel music. I have no future plans at the moment and will be filling in for the group until a replacement has been found. Thanks also to the many friends that I have made while traveling! It has been an honor to get to meet so many fine people. I will still be active behind the scenes promoting the music that I love. Anyone interested in auditioning should contact Randy Jr. at email@example.com
For once, I am practically speechless. This is the sort of thing I’d think of as an April Fool’s Day prank—much like Guy Penrod joining the Inspirations or, say, Scott Fowler leaving Legacy Five. But it’s not April 1—regrettably.