I gotta say, I was really surprised by the stridency of feeling on both sides that the mere mention of Ricky Atkinson’s name brought up in the comments thread of a post that didn’t have anything to do with Atkinson or his group (at least not initially anyway). Beyond having heard the group a few years back for a few minutes at NQC (a performance that stands out in my mind mainly for a woman named LaBreeksa’s wardrobe choices) and Atkinson’s turn at the songwriters showcase this year at NQC, I can’t say that I’ve paid much attention to the group or its namesake. But that flame war (and the inordinate amount of time I had to spend moderating inappropriate comments related to it) really got my attention. And not, I might add, in a good way.
Which is a long preamble to the news that that Loren Harris and Greg Cook joined RAC in a new version of the group Atkinson will be rolling out on a limited basis, given the members’ other obligations professionally. It will be great to hear and see Harris back on stage again, but I’ll admit, I’m not getting my hopes up in general. It sounds like the trio isn’t exactly the first (and certainly not the only considerable) priority putting demands on these guys’ times. And songwriters who own or are large parts of touring groups typically find it difficult to resist using their group as a fast-track to cuts of their songs, whether the songs are cuttable are not. So like I said, I’m reserving judgment.Email this Post