Paul Cotton is pleased to announce the release of his first solo project in ten years: "Firebird." Paul Cotton is a familiar name to those who treasure rock and roll with
a country flavor. Perhaps best known for his years as a lead guitarist and vocalist with Poco, Paul has had a remarkable music career. With such favorite tunes as "Heart of the Night," "Bad Weather," and "Midnight Rain," Paul has captivated audiences for over 25 years.
Paul charged onto the music scene in 1968 with Illinois Speed Press. The band opened for major acts such as Led Zepplin, Chicago, & Steppenwolf. After only two albums, the group parted. The situation inspired Paul to write his classic hit "Bad Weather." It was in 1969 when the Illinois Speed Press was opening for Pogo, who later changed their named to Poco, that Paul first met with the band members of Poco. After the breakup of ISP, he auditioned for them, playing "Bad Weather." In September of 1970, Paul was invited to tour with Poco.
Paul officially became a member of the band on October 31, 1970, when he played his first show at The Fillmore. The band used the song "Bad Weather" to introduce Paul to the audience. Many Poco fans consider this song to be the full realization of a true country rock sound.
When Poco took a break from recording in 1984, Paul moved to
Nashville with Poco member Rusty Young for a songwriting stint. Paul began recording demos of his own compositions and in 1990 he released his first solo album, "Changing Horses." Since then, Paul has continued to tour with Poco, while maintaining his solo career. The release of his latest solo album, "Firebird," in May 2000, marks the
return of a legendary singer/songwriter to the mainstream.
This album will enrapture fans of his generation while captivating a newer generation with his powerful, heartfelt tunes. Paul's guitar driven sound with country/rock influences provides a moving compilation of intricate
lyrics and music. Delightful acoustic versions of the classics "Bad Weather" and "Ride the Country" set in vocal harmonies with guest vocals and steel guitar additions by Rusty Young highlight "Firebird" and add context to the new material.
Old fans will fall in love with Paul Cotton all over again; new fans will quickly discover what the music world has known for years, that Paul Cotton remains a formidable force in modern music.