Rusty Young is a Colorado music native. As not only an original member of Poco, but its enduring remaining original member, he is enshrined in the Colorado Music Hall of Fame along with fellow Colorado music native George Grantham, with whom Rusty was a member of the 60’s Front Range based psych-rock band Boenzee Cryque.
Rusty just released his first non-Poco named solo album, Waitin’ for the Sun .. that I spotlighted a track from in this blog a couple of weeks ago. I will say I’m far more impressed with this solo effort than I was with the last Poco album that Rusty fronted. Produced by Rusty with fellow Poco member and songwriter Jack Sundrud, Rusty’s voice stays as strong and true as you’d hope for someone in their 70s now, with well over 50 years of singing experience.
Rusty doesn’t leave the sound of Poco too far behind on this solo effort – songs like “Heaven Tonight” could have easily been a marquee track for Poco circa 1980s. “Honey Bee” lies a little closer to something I might have expected from say Levon Helm stylistically – a bit more “dirt” than the polished SoCal country-rock that Poco is most well known for.
Waitin’ for the Sun won’t win Rusty any new millennial fans .. but rather, with his tired aching “rusty” voice it’s those of us old enough to remember him as a “kid” who will appreciate what’s left of this unsung country-rock legend, and the life he speaks of in this record.
Gotta send some love to the Coteries and Hey, Lady! (the B-52s Tribute) for an exemplary job at the final Wellington Downtown Summer Concert Series this year. Folk fans are going to love the Coteries as they develop their fanbase regionally – and Hey, Lady! is already one of the region’s TOP 5 tribute bands … much love and thanks for a great show.
Sept 9 = GOATZ! and Kerry Pastine & the Crime Sceneat Avogadro’s Number in Fort Collins
Sept 10 = GOATZ! at Oskar Blues Original Grill and Brew in Lyons
IN COLORADO MUSIC HISTORY
VIDEO PICK of the WEEK
MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING
What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.
NOTE: In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file available on SoundCloud, BandCamp, Reverbnation or YouTube.
PLAYLIST S11 EP31
(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep
Leftover Salmon “Highway Song” from Euphoria (1997)
(N) The Yawpers “Reunion” from Boy In A Well (2017)
SHEL “Enter Sandman” from Just Crazy Enough (2016)
Bad Weather California “Keep it Together” from Back Seats (2013)
(N) Chris Daniels & the Kings “Fried Food Hard Liquor” from Blues With Horns (2017)
Great American Taxi “Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show” from Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show (2017)
Raven and the Writing Desk “Tiny Terrors” from Bonedale (2011)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “My Last Black Scarf” from Unentitled (2011)
(D) The S.I.R. Band “So Cold” (2017)
OneRepublic “A.I. (feat. Peter Gabriel)” from Oh My My (2016)
Analog Son “Ain’t Lyin (feat. Jonathan “Skippy” Huvard)” from Black Diamond (2017)
Gerald Albright “Slam Dunk” from Slam Dunk (2014)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Broken Hearted Savior” from Sister Sweetly (1993)
(N) Francis and the Wolf “Feels Like A Memory” from Ladies & Gentlemen (2017)
SuCh (Su Charles) “You (Icytat Vocal Mix)” from You (Icytat Vocal Mix) (2016)
Tennis “Needle and a Knife” from Ritual In Repeat (2014)
(D) All Chiefs “Fast Friends” (2017)
Slow Caves “Glares” (2017)
Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore “Train Home” from Love Runner (2014)
FY5 “Driftwood” from FY5 (2015)
(N) A.J. Fullerton “Smoke & Mirrors” from Kalamath (2017)
The Lumineers “Cleopatra (Acoustic Demo)” from Cleopatra (2016)
Gasoline Lollipops “Homesick” from Resurrection (2017)
Ben Haugland “Second sight” from A Million Dreams (2015)