Act I: Contrary to conventional wisdom, I’m not actually much of an inside baseball guy when it comes to personnel changes. People work with someone until they don’t and then they work with someone else (the more interesting question for me is how 9 out of 10 of these guys survive on the money most of these groups are paying; I was told a few weeks ago that a prominent singer with a top-tier quartet makes $25,000 a year … crikey … I struggled to get by on that 10 years ago as a single guy with very little debt).
So I ask this in all honest curiosity: assuming he isn’t getting dramatically more money in the bargain (and I am assuming that, but only because I don’t have any reason not to), what’s up with Harold Reed leaving the Florida Boys for the Kingsmen? These things are always subjective, to a great degree, but since the late ’80s, I would have pretty consistently thought of the FB as a notch or two above the KM. Certainly there’s less screaming and carrying on and general vocal histrionics involved with the Florida Boys, on the whole, and the sound is better all around.
Are Les (Beasley) and Glen (Alred) getting ready to park the bus and head home for good and the younger guys are getting out with due notice (remember, Gene McDonald recently left, though not to take another quartet gig)? Or is this just coincidental timing? Or the only place Reed could go without finding another line of work? Or something else I haven’t thought of?
Act II: Great Hornytoads! Tony Peace and Andrew Ishee working the same stage at the same time, willingly. Oughtn’t there to be fire codes or public nuisance laws against such combustible and abrasive personalities interacting for prolonged periods of time, and charging for it?
Act III: Like the Canaan Records deal, the demise of JBIF has been making the rounds in email for a while (hat tip, JB … and not, it’s not that JB). I don’t have much to say about it. The group always struck me as serially underwhelming: the way they presented themselves on stage always gave their act the feel of kind of native American minstrelsy-lite, and I never understood what all the hype was about the daughter’s songwriting. But most of all, the singing was just not good. Thus I note their dissolution for the record, and what it’s worth.Email this Post