Folk U.S.A. came to be because of my total love of folk music. My interest began in 1958 when the Kingston Trio's Tom Dooley hit the radiowaves.
I was hooked. I began buying each of their albums as they were released. When I was old enough, I started going to every one of their concerts that I could. I met them, got their autographs, got my picture taken with them, at one point tried to wear my hair like one of them, and to this day, still wear striped, button down, short sleeved shirts. I learned the guitar and five string banjo, and later in life have been fortunate to own and play the same instruments as they. I had my own wannabe trio, The Villagers (you can hear our music on another page on this site.) I was a lifelong fan.
Then suddenly, sadly, on October first of 2017, it all came to an end. To me, the Kingston Trio ceased to exist. Their name had been bought out by three amateurs who felt the need to live out a lifelong fantasy of actually being the Trio. They bought the name, then unceremoniously fired the three musicians, and by now, friends of mine who had been carrying the torch of the Trio for many years. Three fine singers, players and gentlemen. Just axed, without so much as a thank you. With that, the Kingston Trio ended for me. And so I have deleted links to their "official" site, as it only leads to three people who have no business trying to pretend to be a group, the caliber of the Kingston Trio. It seemed strange to come to my site today and delete those links. They've been there for the twenty one years Folk U.S.A. has existed.
But time marches on. So to the Kingston Trios from 1957 thru 2017, I say thank you. Thank you all. Nick, Bob, Dave, John, George, Bill, Rick, Roger, Bobby, Pat, and Jim, for the music, the memories, the fun, the good times, the camaraderie and the friendship. Thanks for being there during tough times in my life, and thanks for setting my in the right direction on my musical journey through life. It was a good sixty year run. It's just so sad it had to end the way it did. But fortunately, I still have the records, cassettes, CDs, DVDs, pictures and all my memorabilia to remember and still enjoy you by. I hope to see you all in the next go around.
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