I’m posting my reaction to the KT interview here and also on Rick’s board, partly because it is so different from all the other postings. I have read all the other comments, and I know I’m in for a lot of ridicule. Most of the other comments just aren’t favorable. I paused for a moment before hitting the “post” button because I’m expecting an onslaught of belittling comments which, frankly, I normally find hard to take; but I went ahead and posted it to see if anyone else felt the same way.
I want to make it clear that I feel terrible about how George, Bill, and Rick were treated, especially if the rumors about hijacking are true. Maybe Bob’s financial situation left him no other option. I’ve always liked the GBR trio and wish that something could have been worked out, but I think it’s too late for that.
So here goes. I enjoyed the interview as a pleasant discussion between “The Kingston Trio” and a person who had always liked the group from the past and still likes them. She conducted the interview as though no controversy existed (whether or not she was aware of it). She let the group have their own desired place in Kingston Trio history as a natural evolution. The musical selections were well chosen for nostalgia reasons. I would say that the performances were passably pleasant, and not full of unpleasant sound. Some of the more musically gifted pointed out some of the more objectionable performance characteristics, but I think that they did a decent job of putting out the old time KT sound that many audience members want. As a minor comment, I think the banjo was a little too loud on “California Bloodlines”.
Now regarding the “facts” in the interview, I think that a number of comments were made based on speculation of the recent past. I haven’t drawn any conclusions, but I think some people have made some statements that I won’t dispute because they seem logical. But I don’t know. I think the current group truly believes much of what they say.
: Thanks to Valerie for posting that link.
: OK. I've more or less kept my mouth shut on
: this whole deal-mostly because I'm just not
: as emotionally invested. Unlike some of you,
: I have no personal relationships with the
: participants-just a fan.
: For me, no Shane, no Kingston Trio. I
: bought the GBR record(can't think of the
: name), and it's pretty good-I enjoyed it-but
: it really had nothing to do with the KT. I
: DO respect their musicianship-they were
: really tight. You can't fault their
: Having said that.......
: Sweet baby Jesus do these new guys suck.
: Singing flat, timing issues, can't sing in
: unison, no blend what so ever. I know a few
: people on this board who are way more
: qualified to perform this stuff. The single
: note guitar lines that George Grove could
: play standing on his head are BUTCHERED in
: this clip(I only made it 10 minutes in,
: BTW). These guys were "THERE",
: but they don't know Ervin Drake wrote
: "It Was A Very Good Year"
: SPECIFICALLY FOR BOB SHANE? Gimme a
: freakin' break.
: I stopped following the KT seriously after I
: attended my last show in '05, and only
: followed peripherally after that. What is
: out there now is a parody. Certainly an
: ignominious end to a 60 year legacy.
: The situation for George, Bill, and Rick
: certainly bites. Bob Shane seems to be in a
: tough spot at a time in his life when he
: should be cruising. I do feel a little weird
: about the personal info on the Shane's being
: disseminated, but that's not my battle to
: fight. I wish things had gone differently
: for all of them, but so goes life.
: Harsh? Perhaps, but Rick said this was the
: place to speak your mind.
: Rant over.
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