Poco To Perform At Stagecoach With Original Members

Country rock pioneers Poco continue to bear the torch of a proud tradition, and have been making music now for over forty years. Original members Jim Messina and Richie Furay will join Rusty Young (also a founding member), Paul Cotton, Jack Sundrud and George Lawrence on stage for the first time since 1989 with shows at STAGECOACH: California's Country Music Festival in Indio California April 26; as well as two recently added shows at the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande on April 23 and The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on April 25.

"Poco has an unmistakable place in American music history, " says Young. "It's a legacy that runs through Buffalo Springfield, Loggins and Messina, Souther-Hillman-Furay, and the Eagles. And that legacy lives on today." Pioneers of the country-rock sound that soared out of California in the late sixties and early seventies, Poco was the inspiration for bands like The Eagles, Firefall, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Pure Prairie League, Little River Band and The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, as well as the new breed of country-rock acts.

After Poco's debut album in 1968, Pickin' Up The Pieces, received a perfect rating from Rolling Stone Magazine, the band went through several personnel changes including the departure of Messina and Furay, as well as when bassist Randy Meisner left to join The Eagles. Poco went on to chart several times with hits like "Crazy Love" and "Heart of the Night" (both from the critically acclaimed Legend album), as well as "Rose of Cimarron, " "Good Feeling To Know" and "You'd Better Think Twice." In 1989, the band brought back both Messina and Furay to record Legacy, which spawned a few more of the band's most popular songs to date, "Call It Love" and "Nothing To Hide."

The band's most recent discs - 2002's Running Horse, 2005's Bareback At Big Sky, 2003's all-acoustic The Wildwood Sessions, and the 2004 live DVD Keeping The Legend Alive - are among the best of their career. Poco's plans for the future include more recording and touring, as well as Rusty's long-awaited book about life in the music business. Jack and Rusty have also discovered a second career as award-winning composers for a line of children's videos.

In addition, readers of Guitar Player voted Rusty Young into their 'Gallery of Greats' beside musicians like Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. They received a Grammy nomination for 'Instrumental of the Year' and fans can find Poco memorabilia on display at the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame. With forty years, twenty-five albums and thousands of fans behind them, Poco was, is and forever will be the defining voice of country/rock.

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