: Good questions deserve honest answers, Joe.
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: Thanks for the honest answer, John.
:Over the years I have listened to about 30% of the posted Fantasy Camp videos. While it's great that folks can get together, form their own groups and perform, the reality is..most are not very good. Being good isn't the point...it's the fellowship and camaraderie and the sharing of a mutual passion that matters.
I have noticed some fine performances....on of my favorites is "Children of the Morning" by the Chilly Winds. Their performance included the things that make a good group. Instrumentation is terrific. Harmony is right on and the solos are well done. In my humble opinion, the key element that MUST be present is the ability to blend when singing in unison. In this performance, the unison singing got better as the song went on. This was a professional performance by three fine singers and musicians.
I've listened to the new KT a few times. They have no idea how to blend their unison singing. It's very easy to pick out three separate voices....that's not good. I know the new trio is just giddy over the use of one mic. One mic hurts them. I think they hear the harmony, but have no idea to balance the sound on a single mic. There's a reason most groups use separate microphones....it's to gain a balance...a good sound man does that. The previous Kingson Trios used multiple mics...NBJ used them after pretty much using house sound with single mics. Maybe they thought "leaning in" wasn't so great.
Terrific job on Children of the Morning fellas.
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