Florida Boys, RIP
I was just about to sit down and write a short post noting that evidently the Florida Boys had bumped lead Josh Garner up to tenor and Les Beasley was singing lead in wake of Harold Reed’s recent departure (if you’ve heard a certain bootleg audio clip of Beasley from a NQC performance a while back – it’s just Beasley’s voice alone, isolated from the rest of the ensemble, and it’s become something of a minor cult classic – you’ll know why this arrangement is not any way for the FBs to go out with dignity). And just as I was getting ready to write, well, I guess it turns out the FBs are calling it quits. If my email is any indication, promoters and venues are getting calls from the Harper Agency cancelling the FBs gigs.
If this is the end, it’s probably for the best. Theirs is a great name with a long tradition of often good music that bequeaths a fairly substantial legacy to gospel and Christian music. Sometimes, it takes just as much (or more) courage to call it quits when the only other viable choice is to invest enormously in rebuilding an organization that, in this case, would probably not have regained its once great stature in Beasley’s and Glen Allred’s lifetime. So, considering the lilies, farewell, then, to the Florida Boys.
Update: Looks the Harper Agency confirms the retirement here (though their link is bummed). Daniel Mount has a short note from Beasley here (though in a fit of nostalgia Mount makes the neaerly delusional claim that the FBs are going out on the top of their game. McDonald’s gone, Reed’s gone, and Beasley’s singing lead. Top of their game? Huh?)Email this Post