The Kingston Trio

Saturday October 13, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Ashwaubenon PAC
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Dave Guard / Bob Shane / Nick Reynolds

Our story begins with Nick Reynolds who, along with Bob Shane and Dave Guard, founded this iconic San Francisco folk group in 1955. Through talent and tenacity they rose to become the undisputed kings of the acoustic musical genre that exploded onto the American scene.

From the late '50's through the early '60's they dominated the creation and artistic exploration of folk music. Indeed, in 1958 the Kingston Trio took home the first Grammy ever awarded to a country group.

One year later, they were honored with a second Grammy, this time as a folk group. In truth, they never classified themselves as either, but more as a musical and vocal group that performed a variety of styles. Audiences worldwide agreed.

Recently, the Kingston Trio received the "Grand Grammy" of Grammys--The Lifetime Achievement Award. Reserved for those select few who have attained spectacular success in the music business over an extended career, this honor places the Trio among the heady pantheon of names like Frank Sinatra, Charlie Parker and The Beatles.

It's no exaggeration to say these three guys redefined the landscape of popular music in America and eventually the world, creating a demand for folk where none had existed before. Bob Shane,Nick Reynolds and Dave Guard literally morphed into a cultural phenomenon. With their signature striped shirts, banjos, bongos, guitars and charismatic personalities, they became the most outstanding singing and recording act of their time. Consider: they set debut albums sales record that remained unbeaten for five decades until a young woman came along named Beyonce.

John Stewart /Nick Reynolds / Bob Shane

Bob Shane and Nick Reynolds kept the Kingston Trio alive from 1961 thru 1967 by teaming with gifted musicians. Probably most notable was the transition from Dave Guard to legendary singer-songwriter John Stewart in 1961.

The Reynolds, Shane, Stewart combo offered more of an Americana twist and scored early successes with their next seven albums making it to Billboard's Top Ten, but times, trends and tastes change. Ensuing years saw pop-folk music drowned out by The British Invasion and the ever changing soundscape of rock. For all its twists & turns and ups & downs, The Kingston Trio vibe has managed to endure for decades, while countless other groups from the era have gone "blowing in the wind."

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