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Recording

Well, we’re back from Las Vegas and I have a few things I want to pass on. The show at the Cannery was awesome! What a great venue! It’s an outdoor stage with seating for about a thousand along with tables scattered around the edges and bleachers in the rear. They had three cameras shooting the concert and two giant screens showing close-ups of the band. The lighting and stage production were first class and the stage crew was the best. We rocked and they videotaped the whole concert. Rick’s getting us a copy we hope we can share with you guys.

‘Love’ was pretty spectacular and I’m glad we got a chance to check it out. Surprisingly, I didn’t buy any Beatles memorabilia. I guess I’ve collected enough over the past forty-five years. Mary and I spent Sunday walking ALL over Las Vegas. We hung out with Donnie Clark (guitarist in PPL) and his wife Robin for a while before and then hit the streets. We rode the monorail all over Las Vegas. It was pretty overwhelming…New York, New York, Caesars Palace, The MGM Grand and The Bellagio. Amazing!

Now that the dust has settled a little, I want to thank everyone who’s been there for Poco this past year. I knew taking sides was inevitable and we were all prepared for that. But the love and enthusiasm for the music has been pretty overwhelming. Thank you so much! There are a few misguided souls who pretend to know what they’re talking about, but it’s pretty clear most of you have figured out who they are. I’ve just want to say a couple things…you can’t record a band like Poco for nothing or next to nothing. Running Horse couldn’t have been made without the support of our dear friends Michael and Tippy Brickman. Their backing made it possible. You can’t record drums in a bedroom! Not if you want to get any sleep. You need a studio. Then along with the cost of a studio and sound engineer, you have the cost of manufacturing, packaging, promotion and distribution. Although someone suggested Running Horse wasn’t promoted, we spent tens of thousands of dollars on a publicist whose job was securing interviews with magazines and even more buying ads in trade papers and rock magazines. We spent thousands more hiring radio promotion guys-the same ones major labels hire... take a guess where all that money came from. And on and on… So I guess you can feel my frustration with people who embarrass themselves by spouting off on things they know nothing about. It’s the sort of thing that in the past drove a wedge between band members.

Anyhow, that being said…we’re getting together in January to start recording again. I can’t imagine not taking this band into the studio. I can’t wait to see what we can do with new songs and a whole new energy. We’re planning on doing three or four recording sessions over the following months and releasing something by next fall. If any of you ‘wise-guys( or girls)’ wants to invest in promotion let me know.

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