So frustrating. Weve had a nice, comfy little oldies trio for about 4-years guitar, bass & drums & all three sing but our guitar player had to move away to another state. The drummer & I would like to salvage the band but cant seem to find a replacement guitarist/singer. We have the PA, lights, do the website, own the band name domain and get most of the bookings. Now were starting to turn down job offers, and I fear they will dry-up quickly if we keep being unavailable. Seems like having a ready-made instant back-up band available would be a good thing for any competent player/singer. Were older, mature, experienced and pretty much managed things to make it easy for the other guy to just show-up and play. Just add bass & drums and instant trio. We get fun gigs that pay well too. Now were getting replies from our ads from karaoke singers and a couple acoustic player/singers, but nobody who is able to play guitar & sing in a trio situation. We are both eying ads for bass players & drummers too, but would prefer to keep it together somehow. Its not that easy to find a drummer who doesnt suck or play too loud who is a nice guy, has his act together, plays on good equipment (with cases!) and sings too. Jeez, I hate starting over. We had nearly 100 songs arranged that were getting pretty tight after several years of gigging. Our Craigslist ads so far havent located any competent players. It happens again & again to bass players & drummers, as they are usually considered the sidemen no matter how professional - and may be solid basis of a band. How do the sidemen recruit a new front man? Time to bury this baby and fend for ourselves? Wed welcome any suggestions.