the only constant has been change. When Dave Guard left the Trio, I'm sure there were many who saw that move as the end of the group...well, not quite. I became a super fan shortly after John Stewart came aboard. I had my own faux trio group and an array of striped shirts. Like many of you, we tried to emulate the Trio...note for note and strum for strum. But the fact is, and was, we weren't the KT and no matter how hard we tried, we may have come close on some songs, but no cigar on most.
After a run as the New Kingston Trio, Bob Shane bought the franchise, dropped the "new" and re-formed the Kingston Trio with George Grove and Roger Gambill. I enjoyed that incarnation and was saddened when Roger passed away. But Bob pulled another rabbit out of his hat...Nick Reynolds. Two-thirds of the original group was reunited. Over the years, change was always right around the corner....Nick retired again and Bob Haworth joined the group.
Finally, when Bob Shane could no longer tour, the Trio no longer had an original member. More change...Bill Zorn and George Grove teamed up with Rick Dougherty to form the newest Kington Trio. Vocally and instrumentally, these three are as talented as any members of the KT had ever been. It wasn't long until long-time KT fans embraced the current group...they are likable and understand the "performing" aspect of being on-stage. Performance is an often overlooked quality. Performance aspects can be learned, but it's best when it is, or seems, natural. The original trio not only could sing and play, but they really seemed happy to be on stage...the on-stage banter sounded natural. Each member, Guard, Shane, Reynolds and Stewart had their place on stage. They were having a party and we were invited.
I too have checked out Josh Reynold's group. Here's the rub....as far as I can tell, these videos are about a year old. I've read that the deal with Reynolds et al has been in the works for many months. I would think that the second an agreement was reached, Josh and friends would have locked themselves in a basement and spent 8 hours a day rehearsing and polishing. But who knows? Based on the YouTube videos, they would need a lot of practice until they could become performance worthy.
I have no idea of the current groups' financial details. None of my business, but I suspect they are hired hands and are paid some sort of salary. I have no idea of each members' financial status in terms of retire ment etc. None of my business.
This entire transition announcement was botched.
Because we've all been fans for decades, we feel a personal connection to all things Trio. We feel as though this was done to us...we're the ones getting screwed over. If there is a bad guy, I don't know who it is.
Right now, I'm listening to "College Concert." That's good enough for me.