Personnel notes from all over
Tony Peace to leave the Kingsmen? And be replaced by Brian Hutson, who already had the job once? Indeed, … perhaps. And just in time for the KM’s 50th Annivesary bonanza. Thankfully the KM have a long history of riding their talent hard, putting them away wet, and then replacing them with fresher (or in this case refreshed) stock, so if Peace leaves no one should be too shocked.
And from the “surely not?” department: Gene McDonald to leave the Florida Boys? Babbling brooks and whispering pines have it that Les Besley is already phoning around for replacements, even as the FBs stay quiet on the matter. Why on earth any of this would be true is beyond me, but then among my many superpowers has never been the ability to divine the ways of gospel music personnel management.
Immediate update: I forgot to note, as CG does in comments and Daniel Mount did a day or two ago, that Keith Plott might be leaving BFA. For what that’s worth.
Later update: All kidding aside about the KM’s revolving door of personnel, Peace’s departure is remarkably crummy timing. Not only is the 50th anniversary of the KM approaching, but the KM are getting ready to release a project with Peace on it, and the KM are featured on the March cover of the Singing News. It makes you really really wonder who’s asleep at the switch here. Something couldn’t have been worked out for him to stay a little bit longer, at least to see the group through the taping of the anniversary recording in early March?
Even later update: reliable sources say Peace actually wanted to stay a bit longer to work through the big March events but that Hutson was hustled back on board and that was the end of that. I have no idea why Peace left, of course, but a good place to start in all these kinds of things is money: as in, not enough of it to live on. Someone Hutson’s age is much more likely to work for longer on a Kingsmens wage than someone in Peace’s position.Email this Post