Poco goes their own ways

Poco had always been a popular touring band, and in the mid 90's started touring again, something they've continued on a limited schedule to this day. As a bet of irony, in 1977, Timothy B. Schmidt left the band for The Eagles.....replacing Randy Meisner, the guy he replaced when he joined Poco.

Richie Furay and Chris Hillman, along with J. D. Souther formed the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band in 1974, and had a hit single AND a Top 10 album. Hillman then got together for 4 albums with Gene Clark and Roger McGuinn.....sort of, er, byrds of a feather..... that produced this rouser of a single in 1979.

McGuinn, Clark & Hillman - Don't You Write Her Off

Jim Mesinna went off to produce Kenny Loggins' first record, intending to lend his name to his friend to help get him established by producing the record, and adding some vocals, and insturmentalization to it....sort of "Sittin' In" as it were. Didn't work that way. Messina called it an "accidential duo," and they went on to have a career together, with Messina continuing to do what he does best.

Loggins & Messina 9. Holiday Hotel.wmv

They still tour, and 2 or 3 times a year, Messina is a "Special Guest Artist" at Poco gigs.

But the Flying Burrito Brothers and Poco kicked off a subset of music that hit it big in the mid 70's, with groups like Pure Prarie League, Little FeetThe Eagles and The Doobie Brothers (among others), a (failed) radio format, and the slide of groups like The Rolling Stones foray into the genre, not to mention giving the sturings to the "Southern Rock" boom. And it could be said that these two groups are the basis of the Americana movement that's popular today. Pretty good work for a couple of "failures."

Don’t miss a beat! Catch up with earlier installments now:

Part 1: The Byrds

Part 2: The Flying Burrito Brothers

Part 3: Poco

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