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Re: Reaction to last nights KT interview and other happenings
Joe, I think you are on to something here. It helps me understand (speculation alert) why this happened and also why we are so angry about it. This anger must have blindsided Josh as it also did me. By that I mean I was blindsided by my own anger as well as that of others quite a bit more intense than my own. I wonder if part of the problem was what Josh experienced at Fantasy Camp. The spirit there is extraordinary, similar to a high school reunion (I just went to my 50th as Iím guessing many here did recently). Itís not a coincidence that itís called the ďBloodliner ReunionĒ. The level of encouragement and support for the performers on stage is fabulous, and by any objective standard way over the top. But the spirit is so powerful that is completely irrelevant. I havenít been able to go the last few years, but I remember when Josh started coming. I didnít talk with him, but he seemed to be very well received and deservedly treated like the royalty that he is. I remember one historic show when Josh did a trio with Tom Guard and Jason Shane. It tore down the house. That kind of supportive experience must have had an impact, must have given Josh the idea he was on to something. He might have even originally wanted to do it with Tom and Jason, but they werenít into it. But that magic only partially translates to the concert circuit. As you say, the Trio made it look easy, so we could imagine doing it ourselves. At Fantasy Camp, we suspend disbelief. At a concert, we want the real deal, and the real deal is what Bob Shane made sure we got even after he had to retire. George, Bill and Rick (and Bob Haworth) were so good, our main complaint was that they didnít play enough obscure songs. And when they started recording new material we really got excited about the future. With the Josh trio, that all came crashing down.
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