Kenny Loggins

Boarding House Park
40 French Street
Lowell, MA Venue Information
Buy Tickets Saturday July 21, 2012 7:30 PM
  
$37 in advance / $45 day of concert


Kenny Loggins has been many things to many people over the past three decades -- "a moving target" as he's put it. In his time, Loggins has been a guitar-slinger with a psychedelic rock band, a hot young songwriter with a publishing deal, half of a legendary country-rock duo, a massively successful and accomplished solo artist, a sonic pioneer in the smooth jazz genre, a reigning soundtrack superstar, a rocker, a seeker, as well as an enduring recording artist and live performer whose most recent works have spoken deeply to both young audiences and decidedly adult and worldly concerns. At the heart of it all, there remains a brilliant singer-songwriter and guitarist with a lifelong passion for exploring the endless power of the song to communicate.

By any standard, Loggins' commercial impact has been extraordinary; twelve of his albums have gone platinum and beyond. In a world of one hit wonders and fifteen minute sensations, Loggins has enjoyed hit songs in four straight decades -- a remarkable testament to his exceptional craftsmanship and stamina. Yet the true measure of this man cannot be weighed in platinum and gold. Through it all, Kenny Loggins has earned the faith of those who've followed him along the way. To this day, Loggins continues to write and record at the height of his powers as a singer and a songwriter. This is something that Loggins proves every time he takes the stage to sing his soulful songs straight from the heart.

Kenny Loggins was born in Everett, Washington, and moved to the Los Angeles area as a young boy. After a short and, in retrospect, rather surprising stint as a guitarist for The Electric Prunes, Loggins scored a job as a $100-a-week staff songwriter and penned four songs on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's 1970 album Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy, among them the classic "House at Pooh Corner." Around this same time, Loggins caught the attention of former Buffalo Springfield producer and Poco member Jim Messina, then working as staff producer at CBS. Originally, Loggins set out to record his solo debut with Messina behind the boards as his producer. As work progressed, Messina's involvement increased and the album subsequently emerged in 1972 as Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina Sittin' In - a gem that featured Loggins' future standards "Danny's Song" and "House At Pooh Corner" and quickly established this accidental duo as one of significant recording and touring acts of the 70s.

When Loggins & Messina split up in 1976, Loggins wasted no time in achieving solo stardom with such million-selling solo albums as Celebrate Me Home, Nightwatch (which included the hit "Whenever I Call You Friend" with Stevie Nicks), Keep The Fire ("This Is It,") and 1982's High Adventure ("Don't Fight It" with Steve Perry and "Heart To Heart"). These albums saw Loggins expanding his musical range, impressively exploring new textures of jazz, rock and pop with ambitious production. Loggins' reputation as one of music's outstanding vocalists was becoming well established, and in 1980 he won the Best Male Pop Vocal Grammy for "This Is It." As a songwriter too, Loggins continued to grow, a fact evidenced by his many inspired collaborations such as co-writing the 1979 Grammy-winning Song of The Year "What A Fool Believes" with his long-time friend Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers.

In the 80s, Loggins became more famous than ever as the king of the movie theme songs, thanks to massive smashes like "I'm Alright" (from Caddyshack), "Footloose" (from Footloose), "Danger Zone" (from Top Gun), and "Nobody's Fool" (from Caddyshack II). Loggins also continued to record albums that were introspective and deeply personal, including 1985's Vox Humana, 1988's Back to Avalon, 1991's Leap of Faith (featuring "Conviction of the Heart," a song Al Gore called "the unofficial anthem of the environmental movement"), The Unimaginable Life (1997) and 2003's It's About Time. During this same period, Loggins continued to take on new challenges like recording a Christmas album (1998's December) and two successful and acclaimed CDs for children: 1994's radiant Return To Pooh Corner and its worthy follow-up, More Songs From Pooh Corner.

In 2005, Kenny Loggins reunited with his former partner, Jim Messina, to great surprise and considerable acclaim. As much personally as musically, the Sittin' In Again tour allowed Loggins to rediscover an old friendship. It was so successful and inspiring that they took their show on the road once again in 2009.

Loggins finds himself doing again what he has always done -- writing and playing his songs, digging deep and looking toward the next step.


Note: If you like Kenny Loggins, you'll love that he's also in the opening band, Blue Sky Riders.

Find more info at: www.kennyloggins.com



Blue Sky Riders is opening for Kenny Loggins

The creative spark that turned into Blue Sky Riders was struck as two veteran singer/songwriters worked on their first song together. "The best part," says Kenny Loggins of that meeting with Gary Burr as he wrote for How About Now, his well-received 2008 release, "was that when we sang together, we sounded like brothers. The last time I experienced that kind of blend was with Jimmy Messina in 1971." Loggins, one of the premiere voices in modern popular music, called Burr, one of Nashville's most accomplished writers, afterward and asked if he'd like to form a band. Then he suggested they look for a third, female voice. "I've got the perfect person," said Burr. "Georgia Middleman. She's the best I've ever worked with." Loggins flew to Nashville and the three sat down to write. "What a meeting!" says Loggins. "We wrote our first song and were singing with a three-part blend that comes once in a lifetime." With that, Blue Sky Riders was a reality. All three sing lead amid the three-part harmonies that told each of them from the beginning that they had something special.

Burr is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and has been named Songwriter of the Year by ASCAP, Billboard and NSAI with 13 #1 hits under his belt. His hits include Juice Newton's "Love's Been a Little Bit Hard on Me," Conway Twitty's "That's My Job" and Wynonna's "To Be Loved By You," and his songs have been covered by LeAnn Rimes, Faith Hill, Randy Travis, Reba McEntire, George Jones, Garth Brooks, RIcky Skaggs and Lynyrd Skynyrd, among many others. He has written and performed with Ringo Starr, had a worldwide hit with the Ricky Martin/Christina Aguilera smash "Nobody Wants to be Lonely," and topped the charts with Kelly Clarkson's "Before Your Love" and Clay Aiken's "This is the Night." He has toured with Carole King and produced Olivia Newton John, and early in his career spent three years as lead singer of Pure Prairie League.

Middleman was still a teenager when she began opening for artists like Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. Drawn to Nashville's creative energy, she quickly landed a publishing deal with Polygram and released the well-received Endless Possibiities on Giant Records. She wrote Keith Urban's 2010 chart-topper "I'm In," and singles including Tracy Lawrence's "It's All How You Look At It" and Sarah Buxton's "Innocence." Her songs have been recorded by Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Terri Clark, Mark Chesnutt and Joe Nichols, among many others. She has toured with Radney Foster and sung backup for Jack Ingram, Marty Raybon, the Warren Brothers and many other Nashville artists.

The trio will open for Kenny Loggins on his 2012 summer tour. They are also in the final stages of recording their self-titled debut album, Blue Sky Riders. More info: /
Find more info at: www.blueskyridersband.com




 

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