Jim Messina
Jim Messina

When you think of the classic folk-rock era of the late 1960s and early '70s, you think of groups like Buffalo Springfield, Poco, and Loggins and Messina.

The one thread common to all three groups is Jim Messina, who comes to the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley on Feb. 24.

Messina has logged (see what I did there?) an impressive five-decade career among all of those groups, but his journey started in the 1960s as producer and recording engineer with Buffalo Springfield, the group that included Stephen Stills and Neil Young, who went on to form Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young with David Crosby of The Byrds and Graham Nash of The Hollies.

Messina joined as bassist in 1968 before the group broke up later that year. He and Buffalo Springfield bandmate Richie Furay formed Poco with Messina switching from bass to lead guitar and adding vocals and songwriting. He stayed with Poco for its first two albums before leaving in 1970 to produce for Kenny Loggins.

With that, Loggins and Messina were born. They stayed together from 1970 through 1976 before Loggins embarked on a solo career, but before they broke up, they gave us songs like "Your Mama Don't Dance," "Thinking of You," "Danny's Song" (later made famous by Anne Murray) and "House at Pooh Corner." They sold more than 16 million records and became one of the leading musical duos of the 1970s.

Messina has spent the past few decades first on a solo career, then in a Poco reunion in 1989, followed by a Loggins and Messina reunion in 2005 and again in 2009.


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These days, he spends his free time painting and working in carpentry as a furniture builder.

The Bull Run show promises to be a comprehensive look at his career, but perhaps leans most on his Loggins and Messina work. A check of a recent setlist from October shows that Messina plays a lot of Loggins and Messina songs along with some songs from Buffalo Springfield and Poco.

If you want to take a musical trip back to the "good old days," check out Messina at the Bull Run on Feb. 24.

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