Before this weather of grief invites the black seed of bitterness to find root,
May your souls come together to kiss." - John O'Donohue
Josh Reynolds often echoed his father Nick's sentiments about THE KINGSTON TRIO:
"It's all about the music" - Josh would say.
Alas, the truth finally rears its ugly head.
Make no mistake about it, folks....
=> IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY !!!
To tell you the truth, I don't know what the hell is going on.
I am not privy to any "inside information" behind the scenes.
But here is what "I think" I know:
#1 - Bob Shane has been suffering tiny little strokes dating back to
October 2016...so his health has been compromised.
#2 - Apparently Bob Shane leased the name "KINGSTON TRIO" to Josh Reynolds,
son of KT co-founder and one time member Nick Reynolds.
(aka: "the runt of the litter" ~ nevertheless a huge talent, no question)
#3 - The 10 year leasing rights to the "KINGSTON TRIO" name has been sold
to Josh Reynolds and effective as of: August 1st, 2017.
QUERY: CAN THERE BE 2 KINGSTON TRIOs ??? ???
>>> George Grove + Bill Zorn + Rich Dougherty
>>> Josh Reynolds + Mike Marvin + Tim Gorelangton ("The Lion Sons")
Admittedly, I am a hardcore "original" KINGSTON TRIO fan, and ever since I was a kid (of 9 years old), I worshipped 2 KINGSTON TRIOs:
>>> Bob Shane + Nick Reynolds + Dave Guard
>>> Bob Shane + Nick Reynolds + John Stewart
By default, I have come to accept the current KINGSTON TRIO of George + Bill + Rick,
and although they are NOT the guys I once worshipped for 10 years, I admired what they were trying to do, and that is....
to continue the legacy of the great KINGSTON TRIO.
If George Grove + Bill Zorn + Rich Dougherty were to perform a KT concert in Canada,
I definitely would make it a point to buy tickets and see them. I would even bring along family + friends.
In my opinion, Josh Reynolds and his "Lion Sons" trio are NOT in the same league as the
current "KINGSTON TRIO" members. Not by a long shot.
I guess the real question I'm asking is...
Why in GOD's name would BOB SHANE lease 'THE KINGSTON TRIO' to Josh Reynolds in the first place ???
ps: Julie + I send positive thoughts to BOB SHANE for good health + that he will be able to enjoy life as much as he can.
Every February 1st, I telephone Bob To wish him "Happy Birthday".
I look forward to doing this for many more years to come.
- Bruce Sutton
HANG IN THERE BOB ~ WE'RE WITH YOU ALL THE WAY