What is country rock? It might be the laidback feel, steel pedal guitar, other “traditional” instruments, rockabilly or bluegrass rhythm, or vocal inflection. I like the country rock vibe, though I’m not a big bluegrass, rockabilly or roots fan. I enjoy the early Eagles brand of country rock, but not so much Poco’s early countrified … More Best songs of country-rock artists: Eagles, Poco, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Loggins & Messina, Marshall Tucker Band, Jimmy Buffett, John Denver
Rock star, pop star, country star, children’s recording star. What a long and successful career for Kenny Loggins, who just published his memoirs, Still Alright. Loggins was also a 1980s film soundtrack hit machine, in addition to his solo album successes, then he began a slow fade as most every successful artist does. The difference … More Kenny Loggins: Still Alright (book review)
Before music videos and the internet, popular music was not seen on television unless it was a variety show or American Bandstand. In 1973, NBC launched The Midnight Special, produced by Burt Sugarman on Fridays following Johnny Carson. Don Kirshner also had Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert that was primarily rock and roll and was syndicated … More Revisiting the Midnight Special
Here are 25 albums that failed to get the love they deserve. These albums have taken a backseat in the artist’s catalog, perhaps without benefit of a charting single or surrounding a band lineup change. It may have gone out of print or the rights became tied up. Quality music fails to connect for a … More Underrated Albums
Recently, I watched an interview of Kenny Loggins on YouTube about what he has been doing during the pandemic. One comment got me thinking. “No one is sitting around calling for a Kenny Loggins album,” he said. There was a time that the world was waiting for Loggins to produce new music. His solo career … More Kenny Loggins
Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina formed one of the most successful musical duos of the 1970’s. Their music is still played on classic rock stations and it is hard not to form a smile when you hear one of their hits. Formed in 1971, they played together only until 1976, when they parted to have … More Loggins & Messina
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