Post Crabb Family
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Just last night I caught the Best of Lynda Randall on some local inspo channel around 330 in the morning and the camera panned past Jason Crabb and Kathy and Gerald in a recording from the early to mid 90s. They all looked as if they existed then in another world from now. Jason so young and duded up in his Sunday best, Kathy Crabb almost unrecognizable from the person in the pictures you see these days … and with Gerald. The then-now difference measured how much their success cost and remitted. And I wondered as I watched them what they were thinking at the time, if they begrudged having to go pay homage to BG or if they were itching for the day when they’d get their own Best Of collection or did they just find the whole thing pedestrian and unimaginative, grateful as they doubtless were for BG’s support. Certainly what has followed in the past decade or so made clear the Crabbs had decidedly other ideas about how to stage a set and work a crowd and reimagine gospel music. And at their best, they could galvanize a room into a single pulsating ache of holy harmony.
And then it’s all over, which is really sad, since this is the time for most of the performing CF when their career as a group ought to just be solidifying itself (compare CF to the Goodmans, who didn’t collapse under their own weight for several decades). What to make of it all? The details will trickle out as they always do once resentments settle in and loyalties reticulate through the CF world and make their way into the public sphere. Until then, we’re left to speculate mostly. Still an educated guess might reasonably surmise that – given the timing and context of it all – the CF imploded over the direction of the group and its future, that Blurring The Lines lit the fuse on a set of maybe distinct but inevitably related tensions and that the tour’s actual flop brought about the final implosion. Maybe somebody in the group or the family became just old and wise and courageous enough to act (or get someone else to act) on the realization that the performing CF was anchoring a fairly substantial artistic and corporate enterprise that they – the performing members of CF – were perhaps in many ways themselves estranged from.
I’ll leave it to others to tally up the human price here. The real bidness question here is, I think, what are they going to do (besides Jason)? Jason may well and easily put out a solo record or two and then start preaching like his father (it’s difficult to imagine a long-term record deal or purely solo-music career going much of anywhere for him since he’ll be hardpressed to pull off IAM screaming for a whole record/concert [see also Phelps, David]). But what about the others? Honestly. What will the twins do? And Kelly and Tarah? Are they all going to do solo deals? The press release gives that impression. Yikes. And then there’s Kathy Crabb and her label/management company? Will it go on headlessly?Email this Post