A couple of observations: I listened to the Josh Trio interview and found none of the self-congratulatory nature of the interviews other heard. I thought they were respectful of the history of the Trio, and why wouldn't they be? As far as their singing, it is nowhere near as bad as some allege. There is pretty good harmony and banjo picking. One has to remember, a lot of the Trio banjo work was enthusiastic strumming, especially during the Stewart years. And if you saw the Trio live in the 60's, it was no where near as good as what was on the records. It was difficult to recreate live what they did in the studio with Voyle Gilmore. Lets see what the Josh trio can do in the studio before we trash them.
: 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.