The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #36962   Message #513593
Posted By: Rick Fielding
24-Jul-01 - 02:22 PM
Thread Name: Revisionist opinion on the Kingston Trio
Subject: RE: Revisionist opinion on the Kingston Trio
Ya know, I don't think ANYONE would disagree how IMPORTANT the Trio was, as far as hookin' folks in, but one of the things I noticed while listening to the commercials is that they WEREN'T bad musically. Not at all. There were some nice harmonies, lotsa dynamics, and from an innovated standpoint, the tenor guitar hadn't really been used since The Delmore Brothers. Also the plectrum banjo. The tenor banjo of course became a staple of the Irish bands, but the plectrum (longer neck, four strings, "G" tuning) had become virtually obsolete.


The CF Martin Company absolutely kissed the ground they walked on! All those orders for D-28s, thanks to Bob Shane.