So, my "perfect" band isn't so perfect. I brought a singer/keys player into a brand new band. I've been wanting to work with this guy forever. We have done fill-in stuff together but were never able to be in a band together. We have mutual respect for each other to say the least. We had a female singer, a great guitar player, a drummer with great chops who also sings and me (bass and vocals). The guitar player is not only a friend, but he lives in my neighborhood and our kids play together. The last peice of the puzzle was the singer who plays keys. To make a long story short, the female singer was threatened by the keys/singer and went on a witch hunt. She doesn't want him in the band. She "found a guy" (won't tell us who he is) who "worked with him in the past and says he isn't a team player". The guitar player frankly doesn't care what happens to the keys guy. He just wants a band to form with or without him. He and the female singer already do duo gigs together so he's not going against her. Period. He feels bad about it though. So, it's complicated. The female singer is a client of my wife's business. The guitar player lives in my neighborhood and our kids are friends. And the keys player is a great guy (ridiculously talented) who was brought in by me to fill the gaps in this band. I know what's right. In fact, I already know what I'm going to do. (Either he stays or I go.) I'm just venting. This band had huge potential. (For those of you keeping score at home, yes, this is a direct result of the Chris Stapleton derangement thread situation.) I have every reason to beleive that she'll try to make me out as the bad guy here. She doesn't realize I have been in this music scene for 32 years and have made exactly zero enemies. She'll learn the hard way, unfortunately. Keys guy and I will put together another band that will probably be pretty good. But it won't match the potential this project had (talent pool is kind of shallow in this mostly rural part of the state). I'm not going to try and poach other members from this project until several months pass and they get nowhere. Doing it immediately would he classless. The moral lesson here.... If you have a huge fragile ego, do the rest of us a favor and shove it up your rectum. Thank you very much. Update in post #78!!!!