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Best I've Ever Seen

Talking with artists about concerts they'll never forget

Gary Stoller is an award-winning editor, author, and journalist. He's written for USA TODAY and loves Bob Dylan and Blue Rodeo.

Best I've Ever Seen

Talking with artists about concerts they'll never forget

Gary Stoller is an award-winning editor, author, and journalist. He's written for USA TODAY and loves Bob Dylan and Blue Rodeo.

Poco’s Rusty Young Puts a Cherry on Top of a Brilliant Career

Yes, he's a talented guy who has worked hard at his craft for years.

Still can't sing. 

I'm sorry you missed the great years of Poco live. What a band...

No, I am not a Poco beginner. Tho I became a Poco fanatic only 11 years ago,  Richie Furay and Robert Plant, believe it or not with those two disparate voices, were my favorite vocalists in the 1970s. I owned "A Good Feelin' to Know" in 1972, saw Richie live in Colorado in the '70s and saw Poco open for the Stills-Young Band at the Nassau Coliseum in 1976. I liked Poco (and Buffalo Springfield with Richie for a long time), but my column was trying to express that I completely became a Poconut 11 years ago. That's when I declared them the best rock band in the country, although it was way past their peak in popularity. I personally regarded them and the Allmans as the top two American bands until Paul Cotton left Poco. Thanks for your comments. Keep 'em coming. 

11 years ago?  Gary, you are such a child.  I've loved Poco since the '70's

Sometimes you just don't hear all the music that's out there, or for whatever reason it doesn't grab you...better late than never I'd say...I'd agree that it's way after Poco's heyday, but I've had more than one band or artist that I came to like well after lots of other people were arleady on the bandwagon...

Poco made a lot of records and they are not all good records (though pretty much all of them have a great song or two)...like most bands that started when they did, record companies were always pressing for product to release...they were a great live band back in the day for sure...

Gary's likely older than we are, given some of the other artists he's written columns about...no child I am certain...

No, I am not a Poco beginner. Tho I became a Poco fanatic only 11 years ago,  Richie Furay and Robert Plant, believe it or not with those two disparate voices, were my favorite vocalists in the 1970s. I owned "A Good Feelin' to Know" in 1972, saw Richie live in Colorado in the '70s and saw Poco open for the Stills-Young Band at the Nassau Coliseum in 1976. I liked Poco (and Buffalo Springfield with Richie for a long time), but my column was trying to express that I completely became a Poconut 11 years ago. That's when I declared them the best rock band in the country, although it was way past their peak in popularity. I personally regarded them and the Allmans as the top two American bands until Paul Cotton left Poco. Thanks for your comments. Keep 'em coming. 

No, I am not a Poco beginner. Tho I became a Poco fanatic only 11 years ago,  Richie Furay and Robert Plant, believe it or not with those two disparate voices, were my favorite vocalists in the 1970s. I owned "A Good Feelin' to Know" in 1972, saw Richie live in Colorado in the '70s and saw Poco open for the Stills-Young Band at the Nassau Coliseum in 1976. I liked Poco (and Buffalo Springfield with Richie for a long time), but my column was trying to express that I completely became a Poconut 11 years ago. That's when I declared them the best rock band in the country, although it was way past their peak in popularity. I personally regarded them and the Allmans as the top two American bands until Paul Cotton left Poco. Thanks for your comments. Keep 'em coming. 

POCO has always been a damn fine band, and the Poconuts are one of the best band communities anywhere. I sure didn't mean to put 'em down, as Rusty did a great job of keeping the band relevant and entertaining. He's improved as a singer, as well...but I'm sorry you didn't get to hear the Furay-Messina-Schmidt-Young-Grantham lineup live. They were HOT, and the DeLIVErin' LP was actually less energetic and thrilling than any of the (numerous) shows I saw in the Old Days. They were so fantastic live, the crowds went nuts, but it was never captured properly on record. The guys were absolutely stunned that they didn't sell records in the same league as the Eagles and it tore the band apart.  The early Cotton band was almost as great, too...

I've never heard better voices in a band, ever. Terrific players all, Rusty wailing on the steel, and the harmonies could make angels cry. Thanks for the story!

There you go...and I'd wholeheartedly agree that the lineup you have mentioned was killer, an all star team of players...they were great live, they dusted the headliner at a concert I saw way back in the day...

It always strikes me as odd when a band continues and has none (okay, in this case one) of the original members. More power to Rusty but why not go see a good Poco cover band (assuming one exists).

Having said that Poco, in its prime, never got the credit they deserved.  

 

Your sense of humor is showing Mr. Mutt...Poco cover band...

 

Funny or in reality is the current incarnation  a Poco cover band?  Americana fun fact for the day: The band was orignally named Pogo but Walt Kelly objected and thus Poco was born.

Hey kids, google Pogo if the reference makes no sense!

"We have met the enemy, and he is us"...

 

Funny?  Un poco!

Yeah..there is no such thing.