I’m posting my reaction to the KT interview here and also on Rick’s board, partly because it is so different from all the other postings. I have read all the other comments, and I know I’m in for a lot of ridicule. Most of the other comments just aren’t favorable. I paused for a moment before hitting the “post” button because I’m expecting an onslaught of belittling comments which, frankly, I normally find hard to take; but I went ahead and posted it to see if anyone else felt the same way.
I want to make it clear that I feel terrible about how George, Bill, and Rick were treated, especially if the rumors about hijacking are true. Maybe Bob’s financial situation left him no other option. I’ve always liked the GBR trio and wish that something could have been worked out, but I think it’s too late for that.
So here goes. I enjoyed the interview as a pleasant discussion between “The Kingston Trio” and a person who had always liked the group from the past and still likes them. She conducted the interview as though no controversy existed (whether or not she was aware of it). She let the group have their own desired place in Kingston Trio history as a natural evolution. The musical selections were well chosen for nostalgia reasons. I would say that the performances were passably pleasant, and not full of unpleasant sound. Some of the more musically gifted pointed out some of the more objectionable performance characteristics, but I think that they did a decent job of putting out the old time KT sound that many audience members want. As a minor comment, I think the banjo was a little too loud on “California Bloodlines”.
Now regarding the “facts” in the interview, I think that a number of comments were made based on speculation of the recent past. I haven’t drawn any conclusions, but I think some people have made some statements that I won’t dispute because they seem logical. But I don’t know. I think the current group truly believes much of what they say.