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Re: The Kingston Trio now
I've seen Bob Haworth with the Shane-led trio 4 times, with his own tribute act (which did a three-weekend run in Talent, OR, and was substantially better than the current group), and seen him perform solo several times. He ain't no Pavarotti, but it's not called for - he's got a rough edge to his voice, as did Bob Shane (this is not meant to compare the two, only to point out that neither are "John Denver"). He's a consummate pro, fine musician, and gets the job done. My guess is that his original break with the group wasn't just about singing - probably more to it than that. Now he's the best thing about the group. I saw them in Redding, and noted some tempo fluctuations - I also noted an audience who LOVED the show, and gave an enthusiastic standing-ovation at the end. Just my humble opinion, but his singing voice is just fine. Can you find better? Sure. You can find better singers than all of them, past and present, but this isn't the Three Tenors or the Bee Gees. It's close enough for Trio, from my seat in the audience. I also agree that George should've been designated to continue the legacy, but there's a lot under the rock, regarding that, too, I would guess.