This is the group name I think I’ll use whenever me one or two other guys (or gals) in the group I just started get ticked off about something – the way the take at the table is divided or who controls the sliders on stage or how many monitors I carried and you didn’t, or how many old or new or “modern” tunes we sing or who’s allegedly pilfering product or how that one guy shaves his pitches or sings my lines or misses his lead ins or snores too loud in the van every night – and then me and my buddies go off and form a NEW new group: Tribute, Sufficient Grace, whatever.
To be fair, there doesn’t have to be any acrimony involved (though certainly that seems to light the fuse sooner) and the parties need not be a bunch of kids with visions of short ties and spikey hair or private jet rides and Holy Land tours in their head (though youth certainly makes the fires of conflict burn hotter). Liz McMillian, recently of the Lesters, just formed a new trio with her husband. And sometimes, a bunch of people just quit or get fired and leave the road entirely (see the Mike Bowling Group). And sometimes it takes a decade or more for the tensions to dissolve and reform the ties that bind: see The New and Improved as yet Unnamed Remnants of the Crabb Family. But I’m most interested in the people who suddenly seem to think that offloading these other dead weights is the best way to deal with conflict and that doing so will make them the Next Big Thing. I just hope these guys remember that for every Ernie Haase and SSQ there’s also, alas, a Garry Jones and Mercy’s Mark. And that’s the best case scenario.Email this Post