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#113896 by philbymon
Mon Jun 07, 2010 6:07 pm
Someone once told me that Poco was actually The Royal Guardsmen, but I haven't found that to be true in my itsy bitsy bit of research I've done. They don't seem to have common members.

Does anyone recall this band?

Normally, I don't much care for country rock, but I like this tune, for some reason.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QQ2WBQs3J4

This, of course, is The Royal Guardsmen, with their first hit -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oxzg_iM-T4E

#113938 by Paleopete
Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:54 am
bit of googling turned up a wiki

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poco

that credits Richie Furay and Jim Messina with putting Poco together in 1868 after the breakup of Buffalo Springfield.

I don't know much about the Royal Guardsmen, but have been a long time Poco fan, ever since I heard Crazy Eyes in the 70's. even though I thoroughly dislike country, most of the Poco stuff sounds pretty good, with a few notable exceptions. Crazy Eyes, Rose of Cimmaron and Legend are albums I've worn out over the years.

Some of their stuff is excellent, my favorites are always the rockers - Crazy Eyes, Legend, A Right Along, and a few others. Magnolia is one I played at solo gigs for years, a laid back JJ Cale song.

Poco was also one of the first groups to experiment with a slide guitar called a MeloBar. Designed to hang by a guitar strap like any regular guitar, but with an angled neck made to be played like a lap steel. A Right along is the most notable example, that was the song they used it on for a documentary about the instrument in the early 70's, and that was my first exposure to their music. I loved that song at first listen.

Mel O Bar - http://www.gbase.com/gear/smith-mosrite ... 7-sunburst

http://www.lapsteeland.com/melobar.php

#114007 by Dessalines
Tue Jun 08, 2010 3:05 pm
I'm a long time Poco fan, going back to their beginning.ith their first alvum, "Picking Up The Pieces", and I have never, ever run across that connection. Furray and Messina came out of the ruins of Buffalo Springfield. Putting a band like Poco together was something they had talked about for a long time. The wikipedia link for The Royal Guardsmen is below, it does not mention anyone who was ever in Poco.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Royal_Guardsmen

#114014 by ColorsFade
Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:55 pm
POCO = Plain Old C# Object

Sorry, had to do that for the geeks here...

#114015 by jimmydanger
Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:06 pm
Ha good one Colors. I remember those before MVC.

#114051 by philbymon
Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:44 pm
Melobar...heh heh heh...it figures, that David Lindley has 'several.' He's such a string monster!

#114237 by Hayden King
Thu Jun 10, 2010 6:04 am
I used to date the guitarist's sister. Haven't seen her for years. She wound up in a conversation just the other day... watta coincidence.

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