As for the lyrics, yes - very dark. But then so are the lyrics and subject matter of "Tom Dooley". It always cracked us up, and I often followed our performance of the song with a comment about how odd it was to see people smiling and singing along to "...poor boy yer bound to die." Such a happy little ditty!
OK, more news to come, and a request for all posters here. A local theatre company has been running a series called "Spotlight on...." These are retrospectives on the careers and repertoires of various artists. They've done "Spotlight on James Taylor", "...Ella Fitzgerald", "...Billy Joel" and many more. This past June I was cast as bandleader and narrator for "Spotlight on Peter, Paul and Mary." Next August they're presenting "Spotlight on The Kingston Trio." I get to play the part of Nick Reynolds - or maybe Dave Guard if I can't find a local banjo player who can sing. My partner in crime, John Hollis is playing the part of Bob Shane. (His rendition of "Scotch & Soda" is far superior to Bill Zorn's - John's a near Shane clone.) I'm also writing the script and selecting the music for this show. So my next post here will be a list of possible repertoire with a request for suggestions to flesh out the show with some of the best Trio songs that were not top hits. I'll throw out some ideas, but I'd like to hear back from anyone with your thoughts as well.
More to come...