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Bareback At Big Sky

by Poco

Country Rock
Genre: Rock: 70's Rock
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1. Under the Gun
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2. Nothing Less Than Love
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3. Every Time I Hear That Train
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4. Save a Corner of Your Heart For Me
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5. Barbados
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6. If Your Heart Needs a Hand
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7. Cajun Moon
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8. Never Loved...never Hurt Like This
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9. Midnight Rain
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10. What Do People Know
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11. Shake It
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12. Find Out in Time
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13. Too Many Nights Too Long
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14. Bareback
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15. On the Way Home
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PocoBareback at Big Sky Great music takes the listener somewhere special - in Poco's Bareback at Big Sky that would be under thestars, bathed by moonlight in the Montana heartland ... Even within a catalog that dates back 35 years (!), Bareback at Big Sky casts a unique spell. It's Poco'sfirst unplugged live album, with well-known tunes, never before recorded gems, and a few new ones gathered like a bouquet of blooms, warmed by golden vocal harmonies and rustled by cool whispers ofrhythm. This is music with history, yet it's also alive and immediate: Songs first heard on Under the Gun (1980) orthe landmark album Legend (1978) are reborn here, in intimate versions that flow with the newest material, including the never-before-recorded "Bareback." As each song leads into the next, the lesson of Bareback at Big Sky becomes clear: Poco is a stream thathas wound through and nourished American music. From its wellspring in the sixties, it has inspired artists whose fusions of country and rock began with the example set by Poco. Some of them learned theselessons first-hand, as members of Poco prior to launching their own careers. After rising in 1968 from the ashes of the Buffalo Springfield, they began infusing the L.A. folk/rock soundwith their deep-rooted lyricism and the instrumentation of country music, a revelation and inspiration for the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, and other future headliners. Poco's albums chronicled theirexplorations, with two members always onboard to pilot each lineup: Young, who was there from the beginning, and singer/songwriter/guitarist Paul Cotton, who arrived in the early seventies after Jim Messinaleft to produce Kenny Loggins. "A lot of great musicians have been in Poco and have gone on to make amazing music. We're very proud ofthat," Rusty says. "But ever since Legend, Poco's first platinum record, our sound has been consistent because we work hard at writing quality music and playing with talented musicians." And so they were there, at the Bareback sessions in Montana, last April, along with bassist Jack Sundrudand drummer George Lawrence, who makes his Poco recording debut on this release. It was a perfect venue: "We hadn't done a live album in many years," Rusty explains, "so we wanted to do it somewherespecial - not in a club, but at this beautiful lodge, where we could invite our friends and play what we wanted to play." That lodge, the Goodwin Ranch, nestles at the foot of Montana's Bridger Mountains. Managed by a friendand music enthusiast, "Big Dave" Goodwin, the lodge filled with Poco fans from nearby Bozeman and points far beyond, drawn by news of the event at the band's website (www.poconut.com). The Goodwin Ranch also houses a studio, allowing Poco to capture the freshness and energy of a liverecording without the limitations that normally come with recording in a traditional live venue. Bareback at Big Sky brings the listener the best of both worlds. The band spent a week at the ranch, working out their set list and crafting each song to fit the room. "Theranch has a rustic feeling," Rusty says, "with decks outside where you can sit and look at the stars. We played in the main room, which was huge, with sitting rooms branching off from it and couches everywhere.And we set up in front of a two-story window; as we played you could see the moon crossing over our heads." "It just got more and more beautiful, the closer we got from the airport," Paul adds. "I'd seen the house andthe pictures of Dave's dog, on their website (www.bigskyhigh.com), but it was even more impressive than I thought when we got there ... And that dog ended up sleeping with me in the lobby one night." The setting affected their choice of what to play. "We wanted to record an album that would be fun to listento from start to finish," Rusty explains. "We played crowd pleasers, like 'Cajun Moon.' And as a surprise, we sang one of our favorite Timothy B. Schmit songs, 'Find Out in Time,' with the classic three-part Poco harmony. We can't have a Poco album without some pedal steel guitar, so we recorded Paul's 'MidnightRain'." "None of these songs have ever been recorded in this unplugged format," Paul points out. "This meantmaking a few changes. For instance, Rusty came up with a fresh version of 'Under the Gun' and put it into a lower key; we start our electric sets with this arrangement now. And we hadn't played 'Barbados' in years;this is probably the only acoustic version we've ever done." It all came together on two consecutive nights. The familiar songs complement the flavor of the new orupdated material introduced on these starlit, living-room sessions. It is in fact an ideal Poco evening, from the urgent but breezy pulse of the opening track, "Under the Gun," all the way to their traditional closer, theBuffalo Springfield signature "On the Way Home." More than any other album, Bareback makes it clear why Poco has stayed strong through all the twists andtumbles of pop music. "It's about the songs," Rusty insists. "You remember where you heard them the first time, they become part of all of our lives. Now you can make new memories with new songs and 'rememberwhen' with the old ones I know we're enjoying ourselves more than we ever have and we know the audiences are too." No matter how long you've traveled with Poco, you've never gone Bareback. Whether you're new or long onthe trail, this is a ride to treasure.


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Kevin

Excellent
A great live acoustic performance - excellent sound quality and excellent song selection by the legendary country-rock pioneers. Highly recommended!

Joe Waters www.newcolonyrecords.com

POCO KICKS AND ROCKS YOU FROM THE GET GO . .
A solid collection of melodic to rockin' tunes - always stirrin' up emotions of life, of lost love, and new love on the western horizon.

Art

POCO UNPLUGGED UNDER THE STARS...FOUR STARS!
THE SOUNDS OF POCO UNDER THE STARS PLAYING ACOUSTIC...AHH,IT DOES BRING BACK MEMORIES FOR ALL. EXCELLENT MIX OF OLD AND NEW, AND MAKING EVERY SONG SOUND LIKE YOU WERE HEARING IT FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. POCO, LIKE FINE WINE, JUST GETS BETTER WITH AGE.