Poco “Pickin’ Up The Pieces”
Poco laid their plan, right there, in the lyrics in the title cut.
Call it a Mission Statement:
‘Well, there’s a little bit of magic
In the music we’re playin’
So let’s begin
We’ll bring you back down home where the folks are happy
Sittin pickin’ and a-grinnin’
Casually, you and me
We’ll pick up the pieces.
That’s it. Richie Furay and Poco were laying the ground work not only for their plans, but also laying the groundwork for the new genre of country-rock.
This album features the original Poco lineup.
Richie Furay (guitar, vocals) and Jim Messina (guitar , vocals) had just finished a stint in another ground breaking group ‘The Buffalo Springfield.’
Rusty Young (pedal steel guitar, guitar, vocals) came in after playing on one track on the last Bufflalo Springfield album. ‘Kind Woman.’
George Grantham (drums, vocals) was a friend of Rusty’s.
Randy Meisner (bass, vocals) came over from a band called ‘The Poor.’ They had once opened for Springfield.
This would be the last time they would record together until the reunion album ‘Legacy.’
Shortly after this release, Meisner went on play bass for The Eagles while Jim Messina formed Loggins and Messina.
They’d be replaced by long term Poco members Timothy B. Schmit and Paul Cotton. (Or NORM! as he was known by his given name when he still lived in the Chicago Roseland area.)
Other highlights include, Consequently, So Long. Grand Junction. Calico Lady and Just incase it Happens, Yes Indeed.
This weekend, go out and listen to two album that started a genre, The Byrds ‘Sweethearts of the Rodeo’ and Poco’s ‘Pickin’ Up the Pieces’, Today’s Cool Album of the Day!’