January 20, 2008

John Stewart, RIP

Not this one, but rather this one.

Not many 32 year olds probably can say they grew up on the Kingston Trio and it was one of their favorite bands, especially not 32 year olds whose parents consistently have voted Republican their whole lives, but I did. My dad was a huge fan of the Trio and I grew up loving their music and playing my father's old records over and over again.

Now I have most of their albums on CD (actually, on the iPod). I don't listen to them quite as much, because the kids want stories when we're in the car and a certain husband of mine tends to make fun of my enjoyment of Kingston Trio music (although not as much as when I put on Peter, Paul & Mary or The Chad Mitchell Trio). Certainly they weren't "authentic," but they were the leaders of the folk era. Their music is pleasurable to listen to and those boys could really pick a banjo.

It saddened me to hear of John Stewart's passing, though the Kingston Trio was a band that split up long before I was born, it was one I was closer to than many of the bands most popular when I was a teenager.


Yeah, my Republican parents (Republican enough that my mom cried when JFK was elected President) also listened to the Kingston Trio. Are they the ones who did "Stewball" and "Jimmy Brown"?

Posted by: Lenise at January 21, 2008 09:20 PM

The only version of Stewball I've heard was PP&M. Jimmy Brown I don't know, but I don't think it was the Kingston Trio's. They were most famous for Tom Dooley, one of their early songs which was recorded when Dave Guard was part of the group. John Stewart replaced Dave Guard.

Posted by: Jordana at January 22, 2008 08:44 AM