Feinstein's Hosts Blue Sky Riders Debut, Featuring Kenny Loggins and More, Now thru 9/29
Feinstein's at Loews Regency will continue its fall 2012 season with the debut engagement of BLUE SKY RIDERS, the pop vocal trio conceived by legendary musician Kenny Loggins, Nashville's Georgia Middleman (who has penned songs for Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney & Reba McEntire) and Country Music Hall of Fame writer Gary Burr. The trio will be performing songs from their upcoming debut album, Blue Sky Riders, scheduled to be released on January 22, 2013. Select singles from the album will be available in September 2012. The band's Live At The Rutledge EP is currently available for purchase on iTunes. The show will run tonight, September 25 through September 29 at the Loews Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue at 61st Street).
The creative spark that eventually evolved into Blue Sky Riders was struck when veteran singer/songwriters Kenny Loggins and Gary Burr began working on songs together. Their chemistry as songwriters and their work together inspired them both to want to go another round with the music industry. Loggins, looking for a creative step forward in his musical career, decided to take on the challenge to form a new band but wanted to add a third, female voice. Burr, who has been named Songwriter of the Year by ASCAP, Billboard and NSAI and has worked with artists such as Juice Newton, Conway Twitty and Wynonna Judd, suggested singer/songwriter Georgia Middleman, who has worked with Keith Urban, Faith Hill and Martina McBride among others. Georgia accepTed Gary and Kenny's invitation to join them in this new venture, and Blue Sky Riders was born.
Kenny Loggins sees Blue Sky Riders as a new creative step forward in a career filled with magic moments. His hits, early on as half of Loggins and Messina and then as a solo artist, include "Danny's Song," "House at Pooh Corner," "Your Mama Don't Dance," "Angry Eyes," "Whenever I Call You Friend" (with Stevie Nicks) and "This Is It," a series of movie theme songs, including "I'm Alright" (Caddyshack), "Footloose" (Footloose), "Danger Zone" (Top Gun), and "Nobody's Fool" (Caddyshack II), and later AC smashes including "Conviction of the Heart," "The Real Thing," "If You Believe" and "For the First Time." His songs have been covered by artists including Barbra Streisand, Lynn Anderson, Anne Murray and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Loggins and Michael McDonald co-wrote "What A Fool Believes," which received a Grammy for Song of the Year, and "This Is It," which earned Loggins a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal.
GARRY BURR is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and has been named Songwriter of the Year by ASCAP, Billboard and NSAI with 13 #1 hits under his belt. His hits include Juice Newton's "Love's Been a Little Bit Hard on Me," Conway Twitty's "That's My Job" and Wynonna's "To Be Loved By You," and his songs have been covered by LeAnn Rimes, Faith Hill, Randy Travis, Reba McEntire, George Jones, Garth Brooks, Ricky Skaggs and Lynyrd Skynyrd, among many others. He has written and performed with Ringo Starr, had a worldwide hit with the Ricky Martin/Christina Aguilera smash "Nobody Wants to be Lonely," and topped the charts with Kelly Clarkson's "Before Your Love" and Clay Aiken's "This is the Night." He has toured with Carole King and produced Olivia Newton John, and early in his career spent three years as lead singer of Pure Prairie League.
GEORGIA MIDDLEMAN was still a teenager when she began opening for artists like Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. Drawn to Nashville's creative energy, she quickly landed a publishing deal with Polygram and released the well-received Endless Possibilities on Giant Records. She wrote Keith Urban's 2010 chart-topper "I'm In," and singles including Tracy Lawrence's "It's All How You Look At It" and Sarah Buxton's "Innocence." Her songs have been recorded by Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Terri Clark, Mark Chesnutt and Joe Nichols, among many others. She has toured with Radney Foster and sung backup for Jack Ingram, Marty Raybon, the Warren Brothers and many other Nashville artists.
FEINSTEIN'S AT LOEWS REGENCY will present BLUE SKY RIDERS from tonight, September 25 through Saturday, September 29 at 8:00 PM with additional 10:30 PM performances on Friday and Saturday evening. All shows have a $40.00 cover charge with $60 premium seats and $75.00 upfront seats also available. In addition, there is a $40 food and beverage minimum. Jackets are suggested but not required. The club is located at 540 Park Avenue at 61st Street in New York City. For ticket reservations and club information, call (212) 339-4095 or visit online at Feinsteinsatloewsregency.com and TicketWeb.com.