POCO

POCO

BandRockCountry

The seminal country rock band that mixed country and rock to produce a sound that would influence the current Nashville music industry.Poco open the doors to such bands as Loggins and Messina,The Eagles,America and many others.

Biography

One of the first and longest-lasting country-rock groups, Poco had their roots in the dying embers of
Buffalo Springfield. After Neil Young and Stephen Stills, the co-founders of that group, exited in the spring of 1968, only guitarist/singer Richie Furay and bassist Jim Messina remained to complete the group's swan song, Last Time Around. The final Springfield track, "Kind Woman," included only Furay and Messina, with a guest appearance on steel guitar by Rusty Young -- at the time, he was something of a rarity as a talented lap-steel guitarist who was comfortable working in a rock idiom, and had previously belonged to a folk-rock-turned-psychedelic band called Boenzee Cryque. Young stuck with Furay and Messina, in the process skipping a scheduled audition for a new group that ex-Byrds member Gram Parsons was putting together. Auditions followed before the fledgling group reached out, at Young's urging, to ex-Boenzee Cryque drummer/vocalist George Grantham, and also to bassist/singer Randy Meisner, who had previously played with a band called the Poor. This lineup rehearsed for four months before making their debut at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, in November of 1968. A month later, they made their first appearance at the Fillmore West on a bill with the Steve Miller Band and Sly & the Family Stone.

At the time, they were using the name Pogo, but that didn't last. Walt Kelly, the creator of the comic strip Pogo, from which they'd freely admitted borrowing the name, didn't appreciate the group's choice and filed a lawsuit. Not wanting to lose all of the recognition and goodwill they'd built up locally over the previous five months, the result was a change of just one consonant, to Poco. They impressed everyone who heard them, but getting them a recording contract was itself a difficult proposition -- Meisner, Young, and Grantham weren't a problem, as they were essentially unsigned to any label, but Messina and Furay, as members of Buffalo Springfield, were most definitely tied to Atlantic Records. As it happened, Columbia Records was interested in the group -- and hovering somewhere around this situation was David Geffen, then a young talent agent who was fast on his feet and persuasive in his manner. He, in turn, was trying to sort out the contractual situation surrounding ex-Springfield guitarist/singer Stephen Stills, and his new association with ex-Byrds singer/guitarist David Crosby, and Graham Nash, formerly of the Hollies, who wanted to record together but had the reverse problem; Stills was signed to Atlantic by way of Buffalo Springfield (which very much wanted Crosby, Stills & Nash), while Crosby and Nash, through their previous memberships in the Byrds and the Hollies, respectively, were both tied contractually to Columbia Records. With Geffen acting as catalyst between Atlantic chief Ahmet Ertegun and Columbia president Clive Davis, Messina and Furay had their contracts traded to Columbia in exchange for Crosby and Nash going to Atlantic.
Poco ended up recording their debut album, Pickin' Up the Pieces, as a quartet, with Messina handling the bass parts. The album was issued in June of 1969 to enthusiastic reviews.
Poco was back to being a quintet in 1970 with the addition of bassist/vocalist Timothy B. Schmit, whose arrival coincided with the recording of their second album, Poco, on which he had two co-writing credits. The album showed the group pushing its range and received even better reviews at the time than its predecessor.
It wasn't long after that Messina decided to leave, feeling that Furay had started to exert too much control over the group's sound. Before departing, however, he secured the services of a more-than-capable replacement member, guitarist/singer Paul Cotton, a onetime member of the country band Illinois Speed Press, which had recorded for Epic. Messina also played on and produced their subsequent live album, Deliverin' -- the latter represented an interesting change in strategy for the label and the band, which, after two artistically successful albums, was now looking to present itself in the strongest light as possible. A live album consisting entirely of new material, Deliverin' offered the record-buying public a glimpse of the group's on-stage sound, which melded the excitement and energy of rock & roll with the lyricism and romanticism of country music. And it seemed to work to a degree, the album reaching number 26 and yielding a minor hit in "C'mon." Messina's departure left the group in need of a producer, and for their next album, From the Inside (1971), they turned to Booker T. & the M.G.'s guitarist Steve Cropper, who was an experienced producer but one mostly associated with Southern soul music. The resulting album had a heavier and more soulful sound than their earlier studio releases, but lacked the freewheeling spirit that had driven those albums. And, in a surprising development, this lineup -- Furay, Cotton, Young, Schmit, and Grantham -- last

Discography

Poco
The Very Best of Poco [Sbme]
Label: Sbme Special MKTS.
Released: 02.01.2008

Poco
Live [KRB]
Label: KRB Music
Released: 05.14.2007

Poco
Standing Room Only
Label: Sbme Special MKTS.
Released: 02.27.2007

Poco
Crazy Love: The Ultimate Live Experience
Label: Purple Pyramid
Released: 01.01.2007

Poco
Gold
Label: Hip-O
Released: 09.19.2006

Poco
Seven/Cantamos
Label: Beat Goes On
Released: 08.07.2006

Poco
Best of Poco: Live
Label: Direct Source
Released: 08.01.2006

Poco
Alive in the Heart of the Night
Label: Music Avenue
Released: 06.13.2006

Poco
Keep on Tryin
Label: Akarma
Released: 05.16.2006

Poco
Deliverin'/Crazy Eyes
Label: Beat Goes On
Released: 03.14.2006

Poco
Bareback at Big Sky
Label: Emergent / 92e
Released: 09.20.2005

Poco
The Essential Poco
Label: Epic
Released: 04.19.2005

Poco
In Concert
Label: Musicpro
Released: 02.28.2005

Poco
Live [2006]
Label: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
Released: 01.01.2005

Poco
Keeping the Legend Alive
Label: Madacy
Released: 11.23.2004

Poco
The Last Roundup
Label: Future Edge
Released: 11.09.2004

Poco
Pickin' Up the Pieces/Poco
Label: Beat Goes On
Released: 05.11.2004

Poco
The Very Best of Poco [Beat Goes On]
Label: Beat Goes On
Released: 07.25.2002

Poco
From the Inside/A Good Feelin' to Know
Label: Beat Goes On
Released: 07.25.2002

Poco
Running Horse
Label: Drifter's Church Productions
Released: 01.01.2002

Poco
Take Two
Label: Sony Music Special Products
Released: 01.01.2001

Poco
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Poco
Label: MCA Records
Released: 02.29.2000

Poco
The Very Best of Poco [1999]
Label: Legacy Recordings
Released: 08.31.1999

Poco
The Ultimate Collection
Label: Hip-O Records
Released: 11.17.1998

Poco
On the Country Side
Label: Sony Special Products
Released: 03.01.1996

Poco
Ghost Town/Inamorata
Label: Rhino Records
Released: 12.05.1995

Poco
Poco [Compilation]
Label: Universal Special Products
Released: 01.01.1995

Poco
The Forgotten Trail (1969-1974)
Label: Legacy Rock Artifacts Series
Released: 10.01.1990

Poco
Crazy Loving: The Best of Poco 1975-1982
Label: MCA Records
Released: 10.01.1989

Poco
Legacy
Label: BMG Special Products
Released: 08.01.1989

Poco
Inamorata
Label: Atlantic
Released: 01.01.1984

Poco
Ghost Town
Label: Atlantic
Released: 01.01.1982

Poco
Cowboys & Englishmen
Label: One Way Records
Released: 01.01.1982

Poco
Backtracks
Label: MCA
Released: 01.01.1982

Poco
Blue and Gray
Label: One Way Records
Released: 01.01.1981

Poco
Under the Gun
Label: Universal Special Products
Released: 01.01.1980

Poco
Under the Gun/Legend
Label: MCA
Released: 01.01.1980

Poco
Songs of Paul Cotton
Released: 01.01.1979

Poco
Songs of Richie Furay
Released: 01.01.1979

Poco
Legend
Label: MCA Records
Released: 11.01.1978

Poco
Indian Summer
Label: MCA Records
Released: 01.01.1977

Poco
Plus Four
Released: 01.01.1977

Poco
Live [1976]
Label: One Way Records
Released: 04.01.1976

Poco
Rose of Cimarron
Label: One Way Records
Released: 01.01.1976

Poco
The Very Best of Poco [1975]
Label: Epic
Released: 09.01.1975

Poco
Head over Heels
Label: Universal Special Products
Released: 07.01.1975

Poco
Cantamos
Label: Wounded Bird Records
Released: 12.01.1974

Poco
Seven
Label: Legacy Recordings
Released: 01.01.1974

Poco
Crazy Eyes
Label: Legacy Recordings
Released: 01.01.1973

Poco
A Good Feelin' to Know
Label: Epic
Released: 10.25.1972

Poco
Deliverin'
Label: Legacy Recordings
Released: 01.13.1971

Poco
From the Inside
Label: Legacy Recordings
Released: 01.01.1971

Poco
Poco
Label: Legacy Recordings
Released: 05.06.1970

Poco
Pickin' Up the Pieces
Label: Legacy Recordings
Released: 01.01.1969

Poco
What Do People Know
Label: RCA
Released: 06.25.1990

Poco
Crazy Love: The Ultimate Live Experience [DVD]
Label: Purple Pyramid
Released

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Set List

CRAZY LOVE
HEART OF THE NIGHT
INDIAN SUMMER
ROSE OF CIMMARON
GOOD FEELIN TO KNOW
KEEP ON TRYIN
LEGEND
SAVE A CORNER OF YOUR HEART
UNDER THE GUN
CALL IT LOVE
KIND WOMAN
PICKIN UP THE PIECES
BAD WEATHER
BARBADOS
YOU BETTER THINK TWICE
MAGNOLIA