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California country rock founders in town

May 16, 2013


May 16--Poco, the band credited with developing the California country rock sound, comes to Rockport tomorrow night as it launches a new album "All Fired Up."

Singer-songwriter Rusty Young, a founder of the band in the late 1960s, is also celebrating his induction into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in St. Louis. In addition to Young, Poco now is comprised of two more songwriters with bassist Jack Sundrud and keyboardist Michael Webb, as well as drummer George Lawrence.

"We're excited about the future," said Young. "We want to reintroduce Poco to former fans and also attract new 'Poconuts.'"

He said the title of the new album is connected to the band's efforts to blaze a new musical journey with songs written to be "rocking, thought-provoking, fun and most of all, pure Poco."

Local singer-songwriter Allen Estes, who will attend the Poco show, said Poco continues to create exciting music as it has evolved over many decades.

"But it has always maintained that Poco sound, and it is 'the' defining California country rock sound," said Estes, who noted that the band influenced the sound of the Eagles, and that two Poco members later became part of the Eagles.

"When you hear that new record, you know it's Poco. It's about vocal harmonies and their instrumentation, which the band has always been known for," said Estes.

Poco will perform at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport tomorrow, May 17, at 8 p.m.

Young noted that different band members bring different voices to Poco's sound and contribute to keeping the music fresh.

"History shows that Poco always has great musicians. We're growing musically, challenging ourselves and moving ahead to create the best music we've ever made," said Young.

"All Fired Up" was recorded at several studios, including Sixteen Tons and Sound Emporium in Nashville, and Wildwood Lodge in Missouri.

Poco also can boast of a Grammy nomination, for "Instrumental of the Year," and fans can find the band's memorabilia on display at the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Tickets start at $49 for the all ages show. For tickets and information, visit

Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3445, or

If you go Who and what: Poco in concert. When: Friday, May 17, at 8 p.m. Where: Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St. in Rockport. How much: $49 and up. For tickets and information, visit


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