OK, I have time now to finish my response to some of the negativity being expressed here about this current version of the KT. I have to agree that the current personnel, myself included, in no way measure up to the quality that captivated all of us in 1958. No version of the group after Dave left ever hit that mark, in my opinion. Furthermore, neither Mike nor Tim (as well as Josh) has pursued a career as a professional musician. Mike’s been in the movie business most of his life and Tim was a librarian previously. This was a pretty bold leap for them to think they could fill such huge shoes. But Bob Shane chose these guys over any number of other amateur KT tribute groups that possess a higher level of musicianship, most likely because of the family connection with Josh. So for now, this IS The Kingston Trio.
The term “music business” is comprised of two possibly incompatible words. “Music” refers to the art form which is the product upon which the “business” relies. Musicians, for the most part, are not particularly good business people, thus the need for managers and agents. But without “business” we “music”ians would not have an income from our art. Our income derives from selling what we do to an audience that’s willing to pay for our product.
For the time being we have an audience that’s willing to do that. The product we’re selling them consists of a name (The Kingston Trio), an image (3 guys in striped shirts) and a repertoire of familiar songs. Throw in some funny stories and self-deprecating humor and that’s what our audience is buying. As long as we’re putting butts in those seats and as long as those butts are attached to bodies with smiling faces, happy sing-along voices and clapping hands, then the “business” will thrive. So far what I’ve experienced is packed venues and standing ovations EVERY NIGHT!
After every show we come out and mingle with the audience. I have not heard a single negative comment in the past two months. It’s all “you guys are great”...”brought back a lot of memories”...”I sang along on every song”...etc. Despite our inherent deficiencies as musicians, we’re giving these folks what they paid for. And one final thing - we’re all surprised to see the number of young folks at our shows. 30 and 40-somethings whose parents (or grandparents) introduced them to the KT are now bringing their grade school-aged kids and even they are singing along! It’s the definition of “folk music.”
So you folks can whine here about the demise of The Kingston Trio, but in the real world there’s still some gas in the tank.
Over and out. If you want to chat more with me come to my message board at www.bobhaworth.com. Thanks, Rick but I’m done here. “No more to come...”
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