Updated: Apr 30, 2022
Music that the brain never forgets.
If you enjoyed the music of Buffalo Springfield, Poco or Loggins and Messina, you are familiar with this man, Jim Messina. Messina has produced, written and played on so many familiar tunes throughout the past fifty+ years. For me, Loggins and Messina was an annual summer pilgrimage to the Universal Ampitheatre in L.A., with my youth group. I was young, but finally, my parents trusted this group of young people to accompany me to live music events. And that was it for me. From then on, I was hooked on live music. Although Loggins and Messina was not my first, they were definitely a yearly summer event. And I loved it. I had all their albums and loved all their music. But this isnt about the duo of my youth, this is about Jim Messina. Still playing, touring and making great music. Occasionally he teams up with his old partner, Kenny Loggins but only a handful of times since they were in a band and made records together. The duo formed in 1971 and went their separate ways in 1976. But they made quite an impact in only five years, selling sixteen million+ records. With hits such as Dannys Song, House at Pooh Corner, Your Mama Dont Dance, Vahevala, and Angry Eyes. 'Jim' Messina, as he goes by nowadays, has been writing music since his teens. By the time he was 15 he was in a band. In the beginning were The Boutonnieres, then, The Pendeltons, and The Jesters, before Buffalo Springfield, Poco, and finally, Loggins and Messina. Aside from touring, and performing his solo work, as well as those old favourites from Buffalo Springfield, Poco and Loggins and Messina. This coming July he will also be playing one of the rare shows with Kenny Loggins at The Hollywood Bowl, July 15 and 16. They plan to have two 60 minute sets. One will be only Kenny Loggins, the other set, both Loggins and Messina. Actually, the show is called, Kenny Loggins with Messina Sitting in, just like the title of their first album.
I interviewed Jimmy the week after the show at Yoshi's. I found him to be very level headed, a deep thinker, hard working, creative, both left and right brained, and at the core, a real down home family guy. He loves his life in Tennessee with his wife, daughter, horses, donkeys, and chickens.
Jimmy Messina, is a top notch musician, engineer, producer, singer, songwriter as well as painter, and carpenter. He paints with water colors and acrylics, and he loves to make furniture. Jimmy Messina has been in the music business for SIX decades! A real pro. Being that hes been in my world, and on my turntable since I was a child, it was lovely having a chat with him, knowing that he's given me part of my personal lifetime soundtrack. Lots of Loggins and Messina on that soundtrack in my head. And from that standpoint, it meant even more to me. We began this interview last week but had to cut it short and reconvene due to his being under the weather with throat and lung issues. I found him to be very easy to talk to. Heres how the conversation went: