Mike Marvin of The Kingston Trio Tells His Story
Today on The Neil Haley Show’s The Caregiver Dave Celebrity Segment, Caregiver Dave and The Total Tutor Neil Haley will interview Mike Marvin of The Kingston Trio.
Taken in as part of the Reynolds family as a teenager, Mike learned his music ropes at the foot of Nick Reynolds, his late “adopted father.” With Nick’s approval, Mike was present at Trio rehearsals during the years when the Trio was the biggest act in the world. Under Nick’s tutelage, Mike learned backstage support, how Nick and the Trio picked songs, how the Trio managed their tours and many other critical insights. Mike was a member of the Trio’s inner circle and with the opportunity to expand his musical horizons, learned from the Trio’s manager Frank Werber everything from booking an act to conducting an orderly rehearsal to running a complicated business in an orderly fashion.
After years of touring as a folksinger with band mate Tim Gorelangton, Mike branched into movies. Mike pioneered the editing of ski films, including the seminal 1972 90 minute ski movie “Earth Rider” featuring the legendary ski-parachute jump off Yosemite’s El Capitan. This was the birth of extreme skiing in America. It was also the first time music was edited and inserted, note for note, as a driving force in cinematic imagery as Mike implemented the music of John Stewart, Leo Kottke, and The Kingston Trio in Earth Rider and three subsequent feature films. Mike is also an author, artist and architectural designer. Today Mike shares his time between Los Angeles and the southern Oregon coast as he, besides singing and performing with the Kingston Trio, fulfills his official role as the Chief Executive Officer of the Trio.
In the Kingston Trio, Mike plays a Martin D-28 guitar and Deering Plectrum Banjo. His voice is best described as “Patron Tequila Baritone.” He has been playing and performing for over 50 years. Mike is native of Lake Tahoe and Tahoe City and fourth generation Californian.
Portrait photo of member of the Kingston Trio,Tim Gorelangton