Rusty Young rose to prominence in the late ’60s and ’70s as one of a handful of pedal steel guitarists moving their instrument out of the country barn and into the rock garage, so to speak. He worked and recorded with Buffalo Springfield and eventually co-founded the popular country-rock band Poco with ex-Springfield members Richie Furay and Jim Messina. Poco members have been prolific songwriters, releasing more than 25 original albums. Poco, and Young, in particular, are considered forerunners of the American music genre. Young and Paul Cotton (guitar, vocals) were the core of the band from 1971 to 2009. The group continues to play and tour as of 2013, and released a studio album in 2013.
At the end of 2013 Rusty Young announced his retirement. At the age of 68 he said he had spent 45 years on the road in the same band and needed a break. A few shows were booked into 2014 including three farewell shows in Florida. One of those shows was a performance in a recording studio in front of a live audience for a DVD document of the band’s live show. Young said there could be some one-offs in the future after that, but the band would not be actively touring as before. Young was finishing his memoirs for a book to be published. He and Sundrud write and record music for children’s story videos as the “Session Cats”. Lawrence, Sundrud and Webb continued to write, record and play in their own projects, and to do freelance work with other artists in Nashville, where they live. Young continues to do guest performances with former members of Poco and other country rock artists.
- 4 Course Dinner 6:00 pm
- Show 8:00