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DEADWOOD, S.D. (11/13/18) – Deadwood Mountain Grand is pleased to announce that in honor of Veteran’s Day, they have set aside a limited number of free tickets for military personnel to see Jim Messina in concert this Sunday night. If you have served in the military, either past and present, stop by the Company Store and receive a pair of tickets to see Jim Messina this Sunday night. There are a limited number or tickets available for the military so stop by the box office today!
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.
In 1968, when Buffalo Springfield disbanded, Messina signed a contract with Epic Records as a producer and a recording artist. Along with fellow Buffalo Springfield member Richie Furay, he formed 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.
Messina's most recent album release, Jim Messina "In The Groove" with special guest Rusty Young, was recorded live in concert at The Clark Center and The Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara. It has been released both on a 12" Vinyl LP, as well as on an 8 gig "Flash Drive" the size of a credit card and is entitled Jim Messina "Access All' Music/Video/Data, and can be used for future downloads and discounts.
To get your free Jim Messina tickets, simply show a military I.D. at the Company Store in Deadwood Mountain Grand. For more information, visit www.deadwoodmountaingrand.com or call 605-559-1188. 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.