Rusty Young - Waitin' for the Sun
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Waitin' for the Sun (Blue Elan, 2017)

Rusty Young

Reviewed by Lee Zimmerman

When you've been the sole constant of a band for nearly 50 years, you would think the need for a solo album had diminished a long time back. Nevertheless, Rusty Young seemed to harbor a quiet yearning to venture out on his own and give himself the credit he always ceded to Poco in the past. Indeed, it's not all that surprising that he's hesitated up until now. After all, Poco has been his accredited vehicle ever since he inherited the reins following the departures of Richie Furay, Timothy B. Schmidt and Paul Cotton.

Given that constant connection, it would be hard to imagine that Young's individual endeavors would differ to any great degree from those he procured under the Poco banner. Indeed, the current members of Poco are on hand to lend support, while Furay, Schmidt, Jim Messina and George Grantham also make occasional cameos. So while in some regards this is in fact a Poco reunion, few would fault him for indulging his need to shine on his own. No, the music doesn't vary dramatically from the group's template, and with Young's willowy vocals at the fore and his down home melodies as winsome as ever, "Waitin' For The Sun" clearly finds a nice fit with the rest of Poco's repertoire.

That said, there are things that set it apart. The material sounds more intimate and emotional, with Young waxing nostalgically on "Sara's Song" about giving his daughter away at her wedding and, in "Down Home," about how he simply enjoys spending some down time at home. Poco fans ought to be pleased, and while it's hoped this is only a temporary sojourn - he did insist he was breaking up the band at one point - any excuse to indulge in country comforts with Young leading the way is an opportunity well worth taking.

CDs by Rusty Young

Waitin' for the Sun, 2017

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