Jim Messina


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Jim Messina made major contributions to popular music in the 1960s and 1970s, and continues to record, perform and tour into the 21st Century, recently reuniting with longtime collaborator Kenny Loggins, and releasing his own latin flavored new record Mojito Moon.

Prior to working with Neil Young and becoming a key contributor to the late 60's sound of Buffalo Springfield, Messina had a popular mid-60's Southern California surf-rock combo called Jim Messina & his Jesters who released an album on Audio Fidelity label.

Later on, he was co-founder along with ex-Buffalo Springfield guitarist Richie Furay of the country-rock band Poco. After a stint in Poco that lasted from from 1968-1970, he formed Loggins & Messina who had a long nine album run beginning in 1970 that was essentially exhausted by 1976. From 1979 to 1983 he released a trio of solo albums, Oasis (1979), Messina (1981), and One More Mile (1983).

Messina has continued since the 1980's to occasionally reunite with old partners like Richie Furay and Kenny Loggins for concerts that revisit past success, hosts "The Songwriters' Performance Workshop" wherein he leads 7-day intensive workshops for songwriters and singers. His 1996 solo release Watching The River Run (Revisited) featured the song Mexican Minutes later re-cut by hot country act Brooks & Dunn.

He currently has a 2009 release out entitled Mojito Moon available as a download at Amazon link: http://j.mp/b6Uf3m

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