Music review: Poco 'All Fired Up'

Country-rock pioneers return with their first album in 11 years.
BY GENE TRIPLETT Entertainment Editor etriplett@opubco.com Published: April 26, 2013
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New keyboardist Michael Webb adds piano and organ elegance to Young's showpiece brokenhearted ballad “Regret,” which features a soul-stinging electric guitar solo by Young midway through. Current drummer George Lawrence lends an infectious, altered-military/jazz beat to the blues-tinged dobro rocker “A Little Rain,” and bassist Jack Sundrud's melancholy acoustic ballad “Hard Country” is a particular standout.

And in a lighter vein, the band does a pretty fair imitation of Crazy Horse on “Neil Young,” as Rusty Young quashes a longstanding rumor: “Neil Young is not my brother / We hardly know each other.”

Former members Richie Furay, Jim Messina and Paul Cotton may be missed, but with his new partners, Young's carrying on the tradition just fine.

— Gene Triplett

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