In 1961 Dave Guard left The Kingston Trio to pursue a different musical direction. Several musicans were given serious consideration to fill the opening, including Roger McGuinn of Byrds fame. Nick and Bob agreed on John Stewart as the new member. "John was a natural" according to Nick. Bob said John gave the group "that extra solid sound" they had been looking for. John truly was the right fit. A first rate entertainer & gifted songwiter, he also had the good fortune to look great in a striped shirt. Anxiety at Capitol over the future of their best selling act quickly vanished when a group of label execs heard the band play their newest song, Jesse James, at Frank Werber's house.
The Trio enjoyed six productive years with John Stewart. Although the flavor of the sound evolved, it remained as infectious as ever with the fans. The national and worldwide acclaim continued, and thirteen more albums were released. Many singles made the charts and several received Grammy nominations. Among the memorable albums were: Close Up, College Concert, Something Special, Back In Town, #16 and New Frontier. In 1967 Nick, Bob and John disbanded the Trio to pursue individual careers. "Pop music tastes were changing" says Bob. "That whole rock revolution spread from San Francisco across the country and took a lot of our audience with it. But you know folk music is timeless, and I knew it would come around again."
Bob recorded four singles for Decca, including Rod McKuen's Simple Gifts & Bobby Russell's Honey. Although Honey sold like hot cakes in two test markets, Decca failed to promote the record, and Bob declined to record Russell's Little Green Apples. Both songs, of course, ultimately sold millions for Bobby Goldsboro. John went on to record with Buffy Ford on Capitol, and continued to write; his Daydream Believer was a million seller for the Monkees. He and Buffy also campaigned vigorously for Robert Kennedy. Nick hung up his guitar for a time and took up auto racing. In 1967 he moved with his family to Oregon, where he ranched, antiqued and pursued other diversions.
By 1968, Bob was eager to perform with a trio again. The New Kingston Trio featured Pat Horine and banjoist Jim Conner, accompanied by bassist Frank Passantino and drummer Frank Sanchez. The New Kingston Trio enjoyed renewed sucess, recording two albums, and adding new material to the KT repitoire. In 1973 Bob teamed up with Bill Zorn, formerly of The New Christy Minstrels, and North Carolinan Roger Gambill. Roger brought vocal talents to the group ranging from pop to operatic. His rendition of Danny Boy was never recorded, but got to be a regular request from the fans. In 1976 Bob & Roger teamed with George Grove, another North Carolinan who had written and performed in Nashville. George's vocal and insturmental talents are unsurpassed in the Trio's history, and it should be noted that the symphony shows - of which they perform many each year - are made possible by his orchestral arrangements.
For Trio fans, March of 1982 brought a magical television event when PBS broascast "The Kingston Trio and Friends Reunion." Bob, Nick and Dave performed for the first time since 1961; Bob, Nick and John for the first time since 1967. Every member who had ever performed as part of The Kingston Trio appeared that night. Surely this was one of the most notable shows in Kingston history. Tommy Smothers hosted, while each former Trio member performed a memorable sampling. Although the Kingstons had played to many sold out stadiums, this was different. People had traveled from all over the country, and much of the "who's who" of the music industry attended. Each generation of the Trio performed that night - to deafening applause. Long time Trio fanatic Lindsay Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac played bass. Mary Travers graced the show by singing Where Have All the Flowers Gone... it was truly a pinnacle night for Kingston fans.
Shortly after this phenomenal event, Bob, Roger & George recorded 25 Years Non-Stop, faithfully reproducing the Trio's biggest hits over the years. It was followed in January of 1983 by Looking For The Sunshine, a collection of new songs. The Trio was maintaining a busy concert schedule when suddenly in 1985 Roger died of a heart attack. Roger was a superb musician and outstanding humorist... his shoes would be hard to fill.
Enter Bob Haworth, a musician who had cut his musical teeth on Kingston material. Bob was with the Brothers Four & managed to fill in so that neither group missed any dates. Bob remained with the Trio for three years, then left to pursue his solo career. At this point, it seemed natural for the Trio to turn to the man who had helped forge the original, compelling Kingston sound more than thirty years earlier - Nick Reynolds. "It took me about 15 minutes to feel comfortable singing with the Trio again", commented Reynolds. The Shane, Reynolds & Grove Trio enjoyed many years of sold out shows.
The close of the Twentieth Century saw change come again to the Kingston Trio, as Bobby Haworth returned following Nick's second retirement. Nick's last show with the Trio was performed December 2, 1999 in Scottsdale, Az. The Trio then continued on with Bob Shane, George Grove and Bobby Haworth for five years, playing to sold out audiences and garnering rave reviews wherever they went.

In March 2004, Bob Shane suffered a heart attack which has prevented him from returning to the road fulltime. Enter Bill Zorn, fresh from leaving the Limeliters, to rejoin the Trio and step in for Bob. Then in August 2005, Bobby Haworth left the group once again, and Rick Dougherty, also of the Limeliters, took over the spot. The addition of Rick’s beautiful voice has made this lineup the most vocally complete group since the original days. Bill Zorn, George Grove and Rick Dougherty are continuing the Kingston Trio legacy with fantastic reviews, command performances and many standing ovations wherever they perform. As a fan put it, "our generation might not live forever, but I'll bet The Kingston Trio will!"