The rock singer will play double duty on Saturday, when he performs at the
Along with a full set of his greatest hits, Loggins will do an opening set with Blue Sky Riders, the country rock trio he's been working with since 2011.
The band -- a collaboration with songwriter
Playing as your own opener can be tricky, Loggins says.
"Initially, it was a little challenging, because the audience didn't know what the hell I was doing," Loggins says.
The band plays country rock with overtones of Loggins and
It is a tangent in a career of tangents for Loggins, who has always played to his muse, even when it looked bad for his career.
Record executives couldn't understand it when he pitched doing an R&B album immediately following the success of "Footloose" -- which was a No. 1 hit in 1984.
He was almost dropped from
It was the same when he wanted to record the children's album "Return to Pooh Corner," which was released in 1994.
"It ended up being the biggest selling children's record of all time," says Loggins, who's currently working on another children's lullaby album.
His choice of projects makes it hard to define his audience.
Some love the '70s soft rock of Loggins and
Then, there are fans of his children's music and now, hopefully, those who will embrace his foray into country rock.
"I just kind of go where my heart tells me to go, musically," Loggins says. "God willing, you hang in long enough, and people will catch on."
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