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(1968 – present)

Poco, founded in 1968 by Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Richie Furay and Jim Messina (both inducted 1997 with Buffalo Springfield), was one of the earliest in the “” genre that was later commercially popularized by bands such as the Eagles. The band was completed by Rusty Young (pedal steel guitar, dobro, banjo and mandolin) Randy Meisner on bass and George Grantham on drums. Poco’s 1969 debut, “Pickin’ Up the Pieces” (the title being a reference to the break-up of Buffalo Springfield), received some critical acclaim but generated very litttle enthusiasm commercially. It was later given five stars in The Rolling Stone Record Guide of 1979.

Bassist/vocalist Timothy B. Schmit, later of the Eagles, replaced original Poco member Randy Meisner after Poco’s debut album. Meisner was unhappy with Furay and Messina, feeling they gave him zero respect in the production of songs. Meisner went on to join Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon band and later the Eagles. Schmit later joined the Eagles in 1978. Jim Messina, later of (Kenny) Loggins and Messina fame, who formed the band with Furay, departed in 1970, feeling Furay exhibited too much control. Paul Cotton replaced Messina on lead guitar in 1971. Original drummer George Grantham added a strong rock beat to country flavor picking and provided excellent harmony vocals. Other Poco members included later seventies/early eighties Drummer Steve Chapman and Bassist Charlie Harrison and current bassist Jack Sundrud.

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  • ThisDominon

    Excellent stuff!

    8 May 2014 Reply
  • JukeBoxHero48

    :-)

    1 May 2013 Reply
  • TheGreatChupon

    Relative to their achievement, Furay-era Poco is easily the most underrated band I'm aware of from the turn of the decade ('60s to '70s, an insanely rich time for music, as most of us are aware).

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
  • A0796

    I am teen,but really like this guys!Amazing songs!

    27 Feb 2013 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    I bought one of the five albums in one pack CD sets couple of years back when I was on a country rock kick,now think Poco are up there one of my fave bands,sometimes we have to wait for the good things to happen to us.

    23 Feb 2013 Reply
  • richardneal

    I may be the only one who feels this way & i know all the reasons why i'm wrong, but i'll say it anyway: The Eagles are a poor man's Poco.

    6 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Idzaac

    If you like Gram's beautiful blend of country, soul, folk, gospel, and rock, check out my page and my songs http://www.facebook.com/Idzaac?ref=hl | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfQslP0LJWI

    18 Dec 2012 Reply
  • 1224217500

    They, what's left of them still play at a Bed & Breakfast in Missouri. Great place, good friends and great times. Check out " Wildwood Springs Lodge "

    12 Apr 2012 Reply
  • germanozaffalon

    ''Poco''loco então.

    16 Mar 2012 Reply
  • TheFatChocobo

    Yes indeed! Incredibly awesome band. The more I listen to them the more I like them.

    16 Sep 2011 Reply
  • DeadKinks

    Poco is amazing.

    7 Sep 2011 Reply
  • DeadKinks

    The so-called "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" doesn't mean shit. Don't know why people started mentioning it on wikis.

    7 Sep 2011 Reply
  • paggenbach

    400.000 tracks exactly!

    11 May 2011 Reply
  • sierratango01

    Just dug out my Poco albums. I'd forgotten what a great band they are!

    16 Apr 2011 Reply
  • pldav

    Even Glenn Frey of the eagles has been quoted saying POCO was one of the biggest inluences in the direction the EAGLES decided on going when they first started but POCO still isn't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. What an injustice since they in my opinion they created sountern and country rock .

    12 Apr 2011 Reply
  • foxyluva

    Don't forget Rose of Cimarron and Indian Summer, their two best albums imo.

    14 Oct 2010 Reply
  • x24actor

    Fav band of all time! Underrated for sure. Southern Rock in general is underrated actually! Crazy Eyes, Cantamos, and Running Horse are AMAZING albums.

    7 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Spicyeggroll

    great band think i like more than buffalo springfield.

    15 May 2010 Reply
  • StanLeChinois

    THE LEGEND

    24 Jan 2010 Reply
  • sjamilala

    i just love keep on tryin

    11 Jan 2010 Reply
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