Archie Watkins to retire?
That’s what I’m hearing. Of course I’ve heard Inspirations rumors before that went absolutely no where. So this could be another one of those. Honestly, it wouldn’t matter to me one way or the other. I don’t listen to the Inspirations unless the Erhler’s ice-cream line is short at NQC and I get back to my seat sooner than I intended. And I wouldn’t listen to them any more without Watkins, whose voice could qualify as a torture device under the Geneva Conventions, than I have while he’s been with them. But the I’s are immensely popular and even more successful, by most accounts. So it seemed worth mentioning.
Update: Daniel Mount, who seems to be the soothsayer of all things Inspiration, writes:
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I noticed this morning’s post concerning Archie Watkins departing from the Inspirations. This was considered last fall. However, Archie made a firm decision to stay on the road for now. As recently as the Christmas weekend, he was still definitely planning on staying.
It was reported on various message boards that Martin Cook was talking to Dallas Rogers of the Dixie Echoes at the last NQC. While they did talk, Rogers has told the members of the Dixie Echoes within the last few weeks that he has made a definite decision to stay with the Dixie Echoes.
Of course, if Archie Watkins develops more voice problems, this could change at any point. But it is my understanding that, for the time being at least, Watkins has made a firm decision to stay on the road.a