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DEADWOOD, S.D. (04/06/2018) – Few musical artists résumés list membership in a band inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame; fewer still can lay claim to being a founding member of the seminal band credited with creating Country Rock; and only one artist can include all the above in addition to being one half of the most successful duo of the 1970s. Legendary musician Jim Messina will make a tour stop at Deadwood Mountain Grand on Saturday, November 17.
When chronicling the current commercial and critical success of artists like Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, and the pairing of Alison Krauss & Robert Plant for 2009’s “Album Of The Year” Raising Sand, it is not overstating things to say a direct line can be drawn back to Jim Messina’s legacy with Buffalo Springfield, Poco and Loggins & Messina.
Messina’s anthems strike a chord in people’s memories such as “Your Mama Don’t Dance” “Thinking of You” “You Better Think Twice” “Listen to a Country Song” “Angry Eyes” “Watching the River Run” all charted or hit singles.
A supremely talented guitarist, Jim Messina began working with the legendary band Buffalo Springfield in 1966 as a recording engineer on their second album “Buffalo Springfield Again”. In 1967, at the request of the group and Atlantic Records founder and president Ahmet Ertegun, Messina was asked to produce the band’s third and final album. Shortly thereafter, he replaced Bruce Palmer, the bass player, touring and recording with the band up until completion and release of their album “Last Time Around”.
When Buffalo Springfield disbanded, Messina, in December of 1968, signed a contract with Epic Records as a producer and a recording artist and along with fellow Buffalo Springfield member Richie Furay joined forces to form Poco (originally named “Pogo” after the famous comic strip character). The band’s aptly titled 1969 debut “Pickin’ Up The Pieces” is the only debut album ever to receive a perfect rating from Rolling Stone magazine; the landmark album laid the blueprint for the then new musical genre uniting country with rock music and it blazed the pathway for future multi-million selling artists like the Eagles.
On the band’s, self-titled second album, “Poco” (also released in 1969), Messina both produced and penned the band’s first hit single “You Better Think Twice” which has endured as one of the group’s signature songs. A copy of the Poco album now hangs in the Country Music Hall Of Fame in Nashville. After producing three albums for the band, “Pickin’ Up The Pieces”, “Poco” and “Deliverin’” (recorded live in 1970 and released in 1971) – Messina departed and signed on as an independent producer with Columbia Records.
In November of 1970, Messina opened up his living room to record a number of compositions for a promising young songwriter named Kenny Loggins. With the songs Loggins presented leaning more toward folk (a style Messina felt could resign Loggins to the “past”), Messina suggested to Columbia Records president Clive Davis that he consider letting Messina “sit in” in much the same way that jazz artists had done in the past, and that Loggins incorporate more upbeat material into his album.
Says Loggins: “Right from the beginning, Jimmy was the producer, I was the artist. I’d never made a record. I’d never put a band together. I’d never found a manager or an agent. So, Jimmy was the leader.” Leading the way as producer, arranger, vocalist, and guitarist, and contributing the signature songs “Listen To A Country Song” (subsequently also recorded by country music legend Lynn Anderson who had a #3 hit with the song in 1972) “Nobody But You,” “Same Old Wine” and “Peace Of Mind” (from “Trilogy”) the album Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina “Sittin’ In” was released one year later in November of 1971 and an accidental duo was born.
In the next few years, a series of albums would follow in rapid order – 1972’s “Loggins & Messina”, 1973’s “Full Sail”, 1974’s double-live “On Stage”, the same year’s “Mother Lode”, 1975’s cover song set “So Fine” and 1976’s “Native Sons”. The “Best of Friends” greatest hits collection followed later that year and in 1977 another live album fittingly called “Finale”. When the dust had settled, Loggins & Messina had sold sixteen million albums, become one of rock’s biggest live draws, and cemented their legacy as one of the most successful recording duos ever.
Following the split, Messina recorded four critically acclaimed solo albums: 1979’s sublime Latin rock with a touch of jazz album “Oasis”; 1981’s eponymous “Messina” featuring guest performances by Jeff Pocaro, Joe Pocaro and Victor Feldman; 1983’s “One More Mile”; and 1996’s re-imagined retrospective of concert favorites “Watching The River Run Revisited”.
Now, nearly 50 years after first stepping into the studio with Stephen Stills, Neil Young and Richie Furay, to engineer “Buffalo Springfield Again”, Jim Messina is hitting the road with guitar in hand to tell the stories and sing the songs that made Buffalo Springfield, Poco, and Loggins & Messina, iconic American groups.
Tickets go on sale for Deadwood Mountain Grand Reward Members at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 10 and to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, April 13. They will be available at the Deadwood Mountain Grand Box Office – The Company Store – or at ticketmaster.com. Both hotel reservations and ticket arrangements may be made by calling 877-907-GRAND. Ticket buyers should note that TICKETMASTER is the only official ticket broker for Deadwood Mountain Grand. Beware of third party websites and offers.
For more information, visit www.deadwoodmountaingrand.com or call 605-559-0386. To open your free Grand Rewards Center membership and enjoy the benefits of purchasing advance tickets ahead of the general public, bring a photo ID to the Grand Rewards Center counter, located in the Deadwood Mountain Grand Resort Casino.
Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel, a Holiday Inn Resort is the newly restored 1906 Homestake Mining Co. ore processing plant that overlooks Historic Deadwood, which features a 98-room luxury hotel, 210 state-of-the-art casino games, high stakes gaming action, a 2,500 seat entertainment and event center and a multi-level parking garage.