Poco Co-Founder & Slide Guitar Great Rusty Young Dies at 75

Rusty Young, the founder of the legendary country-rock band Poco passed away today at the age of 75. 2021 marked Young’s 53rd year in the music biz,  most of them with Poco, whose biggest hit, “Crazy Love,” was one of his earliest attempts at writing a song with lyrics. He was already a renowned pedal steel guitar player by then, having moved from Colorado to play on a song for Buffalo Springfield’s 1968 album Last Time Around.

Poco, known for its uplifting harmonies, made their name in the seventies, scoring hits with “Crazy Love,” “Rose Of Cimarron” and “Heart Of The Night.” Young’s biggest contribution up until 1978’s Legend was as an instrumentalist, playing everything from banjo, mandolin and dobro to the pedal steel, which he picked up at an early age and which eventually propelled him into the Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame in 2013. His most recent album was 2018’s Waitin’ For The Sun. Glide’s Leslie Michele Derrough spoke with him then, revisit the interview here…

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