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Poco’s Rusty Young looks at retirement and life after ‘Crazy Love’

Rusty Young Poco photo courtesy Skyline Music

While the term Americana is bandied about freely these days, in 1968, the idea of a group melding down-home sentiments with an upbeat attitude was somewhat revolutionary. That’s when Poco — consisting of pedal steel player Rusty Young, singer and guitarist Richie Furay, singer and guitarist Jim Messina, guitarist Randy Meisner and drummer George Grantham — made its bow at The Troubadour, L.A.’s trendsetting club of the day.

For Beth Hart, success is sweeter the second time around

Beth Hart publicity photo by Jeff Katz

“Anybody singing the blues is in a deep pit, yelling for help,” Mahalia Jackson once remarked. And if anyone can relate to that remark, it’s Beth Hart. She was an up-and-coming vocalist before drugs, alcohol and numerous trips to the psych ward derailed her career.