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Gazette Premium Content New pop country trio Blue Sky Riders to play at the Fine Arts Center

By Jen Mulson Updated: January 16, 2014 at 9:42 am

With Kenny Loggins, Georgia Middleman and Gary Burr, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., $55, $50 FAC member, $65 VIP; 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org.

One day you wake up, you're in your mid-60s and you realize you're starting all over from scratch.

That's what happened to Kenny Loggins, the singer-songwriter famous for songs like "Footloose," "Danger Zone," "Meet Me Halfway" and "Return to Pooh Corner."

He recently joined Nashville singer-songwriters Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman to form Blue Sky Riders. The pop country trio released their first album, "Finally Home," a year ago. They'll perform at the Fine Arts Center on Saturday.

"I've been fortunate that I've had good situations," Loggins says from his home in California. "There was a quality to putting this together that felt effortless."

Burr fronted the band Pure Prairie League for a few years in the '80s, and he and Loggins met writing songs for Loggins' 2007 solo album, "How About Now." Their voices clicked, Loggins said, and he left wondering if there might be more to their musical partnership. When he reached out to test the waters, he suggested finding a female singer and forming a trio. Burr honed in on Middleman.

"We didn't know where it was going to go," Middleman says from Nashville, "but we go by what feels good. If we love what we're doing, you let it find its own voice, production-wise."

Burr and Middleman are also now married.

It's Loggins' first time in a trio, though he's famous for being one half of Loggins and Messina, with Jim Messina.

"I got assaulted by my music business adviser," Loggins said. "He laid out the reasons I shouldn't do this, that I was too old to start over, that it took too much time and too much energy to start over. He made a hell of a good argument, but I'm an artist. I love doing what I do and the inspiration. When it shows up, you've got to go with it."

Jennifer Mulson, 636-0270, jen.mulson@gazette.com

OTHER EVENTS

New West and Big Honk - 7:30-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., $20, $15 Black Rose Acoustic Society members; 649-1649, blackrose acoustic.org.

Bill Cummins Retrospective - Opening reception 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17,, runs through March 15, Manitou Art Center, 513 and 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, free; 685-1861, themac.org.

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