6 people...been playing since 1995 with a great local and regional following doing Buffett covers. Yeah...I know...I thought it was lame too until you actually do it! Was I surprized just how ravenous "parrotheads" are for this stuff. They will follow you virtually anywhere you play! Lead singer, an attorney, gets pregnant, we lose her for most of the year. Vocally, we nose dive... Lead guitar, decides to go to Business School for MBA, can only gig once a month. We are used to gigging pretty much every weekend. Now, without lead guitarist and sometimes the lead singer, we're limited to once a month. Turning down gigs left and right is deepening my funk. We agreed early on..."we all gig or no gig". I am regretting that decision. Female lead singer is back, well sort of...At her leisure but I'm not a heartless cad so I understand the mother and child gig. Got a wife and two aspiring musicians of my own! At her request, we tried a fill in female which turned into a bloody disaster! Why is it that hot lead singers tend to bring all this baggage with them when? I just want to play and sound good. We collective decided that we'd be better off tenor and baritone for awhile. But the crowd did notice and tell us! Another mitigating circumstance for consideration. Being from Charlottesville, the lead guitarist is the brother in law of the road manager for DMB, so we get some bennies from that relationship. Discounts on equipment, free studio time, help with engineering, promos, stuff like that. DMB is "god like" here in Central Virginia, so the name association and contacts from that relationship has been very beneficial to our reputation getting big gigs statewide. So not only is he a real stand up guy, he bring alot to the table as it were. Feeling a real sense of loss here. Been playing in bands since my teens...now 43. Man, we really used to hang and I hate not playing! The question...Should I start the insurrenction and try to "move it on over" with a new, albeit it temporary, guitarist. Or, "move it on over" myself to a new gig, Or, just ride the storm out and hope for the best until next spring when the guy graduates?