Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Cut loose with Kenny Loggins at the SV Pavilion

Kenny Loggins plays for the family on Saturday


By SABINA DANA PLASSE
Express Staff Writer

Kenny Loggins will play the Sun Valley Pavilion on Saturday, May 30. Photo by

Kenny Loggins has been linked to four decades of musical trends and genres, especially as a singer and songwriter and one half of the 1970s duo Loggins & Messina. Throughout his career, Loggins has released several successful albums including the 1977 hit "Celebrate Me Home" and "Nightwatch" in 1978, which featured a Loggins duet with Stevie Nicks singing "Whenever I Call You Friend."

Loggins will play the Sun Valley Pavilion on Saturday, May 30, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $125, $80 and $40. For details, call 622-2135.

Loggins continued to record several more albums including "Keep the Fire" in 1978, which included the popular tune "This Is It." He recorded "High Adventure" in 1982 with the hits "Don't Fight It" and "Heart To Heart." In 1991 Loggins recorded "Leap Of Faith," which included the track "Conviction of the Heart," a song former U.S. Vice President Al Gore called, "the unofficial anthem of the environmental movement."

In addition, Loggins recorded a live album, "Outside: From the Redwoods," and in 2003 the album "It's About Time." But Loggins might be most known for his hit singles "I'm Alright," the title song from the movie soundtrack "CaddyShack," "Footloose" from the movie "Footloose," "Danger Zone" from the film "Top Gun" and "Nobody's Fool" from the sequel "Caddyshack II."

Loggins also participated in the USA for Africa's historic benefit recording of "We Are the World." He also won a Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1980 for "What a Fool Believes," which he co-wrote with Michael McDonald. Loggins has since expanded his audience to dedicate himself to recording music for children.

"Back in the day, I would sing the bedtime lullabies to my first three children," Loggins said. "Then when I recorded my first children's album, I replaced myself."

Loggins' new recording, "All Join In," was inspired by classic songs from the Beatles, Randy Newman, the Del Vikings, Traffic and Donovan. Loggins said the album is a tasty musical gumbo, full of a lot of colors and flavors.

"The thing I clued into right away with this album is that because it's up-tempo songs, it had to feel playful and it had kids all over it," Loggins said. "Kids love to hear other kids, and why not? I think if I hadn't brought my own kids and their friends into the making of this album, it might have gotten too serious. They all kept making the music lighter and better. And in the end, I couldn't be more proud of what happened when we all joined in."

Sabina Dana Plasse: splasse@mtexpress.com




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