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Poco has always been a pioneer band. It can easily be argued that Poco first created the combination of vocal harmonies, country instruments and rock and roll rhythms that became known as country rock. Poco was ‘discovered’ at the Troubadour. L.A. Times music critic Robert Hilburn announced that Poco was ‘The next big thing’ and soon offers for record contracts began rolling in. The band signed with Epic Records and in the fall of 1969 Poco released the band’s debut album, ‘Pickin’ Up The Pieces’. Rolling Stone magazine gave ‘Pickin’ Up The Pieces’ a rave review and called it a perfect album. But just before the album’s release, Randy Meisner became unhappy and left to join Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band and a few years later Randy joined Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Bernie Leadon to form the Eagles. Still playing to crowds of Poconuts, still winning over new fans, still reaching for new challenges, 2010 marked the beginning of a new era in the Poco legend. Now looking at 2016, Poco bassist Jack Sundrud (b. Sept. 7, 1949), keyboard wizard Michael Webb (b. July 3, 1963), and the newest addition, former drummer with The Flying Burrito Brothers, and co-writer of “Call It Love”, Rick Lonow (b. November 18, 1953) all join Rusty Young, in building on the musical tradition that has been a hallmark of Poco for over four decades.
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