Tribute Album - The Kingston Trio, May They Ride Forever

On behalf of Buffy Stewart and the entire Kingston Trio Family, we thank hundreds of supporters for their comments, memories, and pledges of support of the Tribute Album.  Pledge  Music told us at the outset that these social media efforts take time, and we would like to hurry!  So we are going to approach the project from a more tradtonal perspective, turning to two major donos who have become aware of our campaign and are offering their financial support.  They were moved by all of the pledgers and, like us, feel their lives have been enriched beyond measure by the music of the Trio.  Also, like us, they would ike to introduce the music to  the new generatons of listeners around the globe.
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Leslie Reynolds


The Kingston Trio is an American folk and pop music group that helped launch the folk revival of the late 1950s to late 1960s. The group started as a San Francisco Bay Area nightclub act with an original lineup of Dave Guard, Bob Shane, and Nick Reynolds. It rose to international popularity, fueled by unprecedented sales of 33 rpm long-playing record albums (LPs), and helped to alter the direction of popular music in the U.S.
The Trio had remarkable early success with their first five studio albums achieving #1 chart status and awarded gold records. By 1961, the group had sold more than eight million records. For five consecutive weeks in November and December 1959, four Kingston Trio albums ranked in the top ten of Billboard's Top LPs chart an accomplishment unmatched by any artist before or since.
Simultaneous with one of their fans (JFK) being inaugurated as US President in 1961, they were the most popular vocal group in the world. JFK’s brother Robert later named one of their band mates as his travelling campaign troubadour. With great style, humor, and vibrant musical talent, they created the original folk-pop boom, making folk music accessible to the masses for the first time. Their emergence dominated, if not created, a cultural paradigm shift. Like JFK, what they were doing was unprecedented: 
  • They wrote the soundtrack to the exploits of America’s first seven Astronauts
  • Their first nineteen albums charted on Billboard’s Top 100, with fourteen of them hitting the top ten
  • They virtually created the “college concert” craze and pioneered group vocal overdubbing techniques (they were the first group to master acoustic recording)
  • They inspired a generation of Baby Boomers to play music and wear striped shirts
  • When those Boomers demanded the same instrument models used by their idols, the overwhelmed Martin Guitar Company was forced to build a new factory—and still there was a three-year backlog of orders
  • Their earnings contributed a 20% boost to nascent Capitol Records, which might never have succeeded (or thus been able to sign the Beatles) without their sales
  • Their albums popularized “World Music” like none had done before 
If it is true that things happen when they’re meant to happen, then now is surely the time for the Trio tribute album "May They Ride Forever", as a resurgence of the style of music pioneered by the Trio is everywhere: 
  • The Milk Carton Kids,
  • “Inside Llewyn Davis” 
  • Ben Howard
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Mumford & Son
  • Avett Brothers
  • Infamous Stringdusters
  • Lake Street Dive
As a result, acoustic instrument sales are soaring once again.


  • “A Worried Man” 
  • “Tom Dooley” 
  • “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” 
  • “MTA” 
  • “Greenback Dollar” 
  • “Scotch and Soda” 
  • “Reverend Mr. Black” 
  • “Raspberries, Strawberries” 


The Kingston Trio Legacy Project is a 501c3 non-profit organization which includes the families of the Trio. KTLP believes that the time is long overdue for a reconsideration of the Kingston Trio’s place in music history. And we think the best way to accomplish that is through the power of song. The "May They Ride Forever" tribute album project is spearheaded by the KTLP. 


  • Timothy B. Schmit: An American musician, singer, and songwriter, best known for his work as the bass guitar player and singer for Poco and the Eagles
  • Alan Jardine: American musician, singer and songwriter who co-founded the Beach Boys
  • Bill Mumy: An accomplished musician who plays the banjo, bass, guitar, harmonica, keyboards, mandolin, and percussion - he has written and recorded with America and other bands and artists
  • Henry Diltz: A folk musician and photographer since the 1960s, among the bands Diltz played with were the Modern Folk Quartet, The Monkees and he was the official photographer at Woodstock and has photographed over 200 record album covers
  • Roseanne Cash: Won a Grammy in 1985 for "I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me", has received twelve other Grammy nominations, has had 11 No. 1 country hit singles, 21 Top 40 country singles and two gold records
  • Don McLean: An American singer-songwriter best known for the 1971 album American Pie, containing the songs "American Pie" and "Vincent"
  • Shawn Colvin: An American country folk and americana singer-songwriter and musician widely known for her Grammy-winning 1997 single "Sunny Came Home".
  • Richie Furay: An American singer, songwriter, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member who formed Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Bruce Palmer, and Dewey Martin; and Poco with Jim Messina, Rusty Young, George Grantham and Randy Meisner.
  • Fred Mollin: Longtime Nashville producer/engineer for bands and artists including Jimmy Webb, America, Glen Campbell, Vince 
  • Gill, and numerous others, is on board as co-producer.