Capitol Theater to present Jim Messina | Diversions
CLEARWATER – Jim Messina will be performing on Thursday, October 14, 8 p.m. at the Bilheimer Capitol Theater, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater.
Tickets start at $ 35. Visit www.rutheckerdhall.com or call 727-791-7400.
Undisputed expert in the art of making successful music, Messina’s legacy spans five decades, three supergroups, a dynamic solo career, and dozens of production and engineering credits. While acting as a producer / sound engineer for the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Buffalo Springfield, Messina eventually joined the band as a bassist. When “the Springfield” dissolved in 1968, Messina and her colleague Richie Furay formed Poco. With Messina on lead guitar, Poco defined a new musical genre, country rock. After three successful albums, Messina was ready for a change and left to return to his passion for music production. He signed as an independent producer with Columbia Records.
In November 1970, Columbia asked Messina to work with an unknown Kenny Loggins. While helping Loggins prepare for a record and tour, the two found they worked well together, and Messina agreed to be a part of Loggins’ debut album. “Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina: Sittin ‘In” was released in November 1971 and an accidental duo was formed.
Over the next seven years, Loggins & Messina released eight hit albums, recorded dozens of hit songs and sold over 16 million albums. They had grown into one of the most successful rock recording duos of all time, but it was time for the duo to go their separate ways.
After a series of famous solo acoustic tours, Messina has formed a group of acclaimed musicians who have performed with him at various points in his career. His latest release, “In the Groove”, features selected hits from his three previous groups, as well as several of his solo works.