As for me since my last go around with Marvin on Crossroads I'm done worrying about the whole situation since there isn't really anything I can do about it. I won't ever go see Josh and company in concert but otherwise, I have more important things to worry about in my life.
Here's what I posted in response to Jim on the other board:
Thank you Jim for your well thought out and articulate (as always) comments on this whole situation. You raise a number of excellent points, including some that people have not been eager to voice (see your ham-handed comments). Much of what you said I agree with and you have helped me to come to some closure about this whole deal.
I particularity agree with your assessment of GBR as more than just a tribute group. They took what was old and made it new again and added to it with new music as well. The current iteration of the Trio seems only to want to dwell in the past.
"Born at the Right Time" is one of my favorite albums ever, and part of my distress over the treatment of GBR is because of their great addition of this album to the KT catalog essentially feeling like it is being wiped out by this change. Of course, also having developed friendships (some closer than others) with GBR and Paul I was disturbed how they were treated in all of this.
But ultimately your statement that the Kingston Trio is whatever Bob Shane says it is, is true since he still owns the name. So, to the extent that the new guys, for however long they last, help keep the music alive, good on them. But, for the reasons listed above, I have no desire to go see them play. I will listen to recording of GBR, BND, BNJ,and other iterations of the Trio, play the music in my own arrangements, and no longer spend valuable psychological energy worrying about the whole thing.
: Go read it, everyone. A very insightful,
: carefully articulated piece.
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