I don't have much to say about the music...the horse is dead, but it's still being beaten. My thoughts have more to do with the people and their various situations...primarily financial situations. For many years, Bob Shane has been responsible for the costs of keeping his band solvent and making sure the performing members had their travel and road accommodations available and paid for and some money in their pockets. At this point, I should say that I have no idea how the performing members of the band were compensated. Could have been a number of scenarios and/or formulae for them to earn money.....and after all of that, there would be something left for the Shanes. I doubt that Bob would be teaching any financial management seminars, but he was a survivor and kept his brand going for all those years. I have no idea how long the Shanes were dealing with financial difficulties... I only know what seems to have been made public.
They either were in the midst of, or close to, foreclosure on their home. They had the ongoing expenses of keeping the band on the road....all of which led them to seek bankruptcy protection. Younger and healthier people have gone 'round the bend dealing with the stress that comes with these situations.
The Shanes should be sitting on a beach in Hawaii enjoying those drinks that come with little umbrellas in them. Instead, the Shanes are dealing with lawyers and accountants...that's no way to find peace in retirement. Usually when foreclosures and bankruptcies are dealt with, there is required some level of an up front cash payment to the creditors. That cash infusion might have been provided by leasing the brand to someone who could come up with cash. Leasing the brand may have been more about survival than keeping a promise to Nick. I don't know.
I do know this....maybe there is a price for us fans to pay. To pay for all the years of fun and joy the KT gave us. If the price is a complete changeover of performing personnel, I think that's a relatively small price to pay for 60 years of entertainment. I'm not, at all, discounting the shabby way the transition was handled. GBR certainly deserved better. Not so much from a business standpoint, but from a human standpoint. Good people don't deserve that kind of treatment. But it is done. I hate the phrase, but I'll use it here....it is what it is.
Try to get past the way the transition was handled and all of that mess.....and maybe find it inside to reason that this might have been the only way out for Bob and Bobbi. For me, it's a way to get past the vitriol and be thankful for all the years we had.....because of Bob Shane.
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