Lead guitar player leaving for college
I'm the bassist and primary vocalist for a band that I've formed with three other close friends. I'm a college freshman and the other guys are all currently high school seniors. I am attending a college that is not far from their (my former) high school. The rhythm guitarist and drummer are all going to go to school where I'm currently at, but our lead player will likely be leaving for somewhere a few hours away.
My question is: would a trio that is primarily oriented on playing covers and some new material work? Our rhythm player is a great guitar player, no doubt, but I don't know if he would want to be the sole guitarist. I'm a fairly competent guitarist, so we could always find a new bass player as well.
What would you guys do in my situation?