Poco – The Songs of Paul Cotton

Album (Brief) | Retroworld | By Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 4/5

Some claim Poco to be one of America’s most underrated bands, largely due to the phenomenal success of The Eagles, a band that recruited at least two former members of Poco during their early years. Alabama-born singer songwriter and guitarist Paul Cotton replaced founder member Jim Messina in 1972 and has since played a major part in the survival of Poco over the years, eventually leaving in 2010 to pursue other things. The ten songs here represent some of Cotton’s finest moments with the band during their Epic years, including such familiar fare as “Ride the Country”, “Keeper of the Fire” and a live recording of “Bad Weather”.