KENNY LOGGINS STILL CUTTING "FOOTLOOSE" ON STAGE.
By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
During the early 1970s Kenny Loggins had already made his mark in pop and rock music notably alongside singer Jim Messina. The two released their first album in 1971 titled "Sittin' In."
While that album was a modest success, Loggins and Messina's 1972 sophomore, self-titled effort yielded the monstrous hit, "Your Mama Don't Dance." The single landed on the Billboard pop and adult contemporary charts.
When Loggins left Messina to pursue a solo career—they reunited in 2009 to tour—his career skyrocketed. Loggins released the chart topping albums "Celebrate Me Home," (1977), Nightwatch (1978) and "Keep the Fire (1979).
Loggins also wrote "What a Fool Believes" with Michael McDonald. Both guys released their own versions of the song and wound up getting a "Song of the Year" Grammy for it.
Success kept coming for Loggins during the 1980s when he churned out hit after hit for major motion pictures like "Danger Zone" ("Top Gun"), "Footloose" (from "Footloose"),"I'm Alright" and "Nobody's Fool," ("Caddyshack" and "Caddyshack II"). Loggins soon earned the moniker: "The King Of The Movie Soundtrack."
Today, Loggins, 64, is still going strong touring and performing to appreciative audiences at sold out venues all over the country.
N2Entertainment.net spoke with Loggins who was in Hawaii to kick off his 2012 summer/fall tour.
During our phone conversation, the Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter and producer discussed his longevity in the music business, adapting to today's musical climate, his take on the industry, who he'd love to collaborate with, getting back in the studio to produce his next album, his band "Blue Sky Riders" and why after all these years he still likes to cut "Footloose" on stage.
Here's what else Loggins had to say.
Q. Not every artist from your era has been able to adapt and enjoy success like you have. What's your secret?
A. I guess it's just staying true to myself musically and being humble. I think that's what audiences come to appreciate when they see me in concert. I give them the music that made me what I am today and thankfully it's very good music that stands up after all these years.
Q. Speaking of your fans, is it safe to say that if you didn't perform "Footloose" at your concerts you'd probably not be able to leave all in one piece?
A. (Lots of laughter). Yeah that would be very safe to say. "Footloose" is far and away one of the biggest songs that gets the audience going.
Q. Country rocker Blake Shelton tried his hand singing "Footloose" for the movie remake. What did you think of his version?
A. Blake did a faithful remake. I was flattered.
Q. You've collaborated with quite a few artists over the years. Is there any particular singer that you'd love to work with today?
A. James Taylor.
Q. Why James Taylor?
A. He's a terrific singer/songwriter and I would just like to see what type of magic we could create together.
Q. You have also formed a band called Blue Sky Riders. Can you talk more about the group?
A. Yeah, the group consists of me and Gary Burr who is a Nashville Hall of Famer. Gary was the lead singer for three years with Pure Prairie League. He's written hit songs for Juice Newton, "Love's Been a Little Bit Hard on Me," Conway Twitty's "That's My Job," Wynonna Judd, "To Be Loved By You" and he recently collaborated with Kelly Clarkson on "Before Your Love" and Clay Aiken's "This is the Night." Georgia Middleman is a phenomenal talent too. She penned Keith Urban's song, "I'm In." We write all our songs together. When we met up we just clicked. I hadn't felt that type of musical closeness before since my time with James Messina.
Q. Your son Crosby has followed in your big footsteps. I remember him winning MTV's show "Rock the Cradle" a few years ago. Is he still singing and performing?
A. Yeah he is. Crosby came close to inking a deal with Jive Records, but they couldn't make it work which was really too bad. He's a very talented singer whose musical style is like John Mayer; kind of acoustic rock sounding.
Q. What's your take on today's music industry?
A. Greed has nearly ruined it and the industry's lack of willingness to adapt early on with the entire digital process. Had they stayed awake they could have gotten ahead of things, but so many record companies were entrenched in the old ways of doing business that it really hurt the industry. Artists don't get proper payment for music now because people are stealing the music through downloading. It's a pretty sad commentary.
Q. Can fans expect a new CD from you?
A. Yes, absolutely. I am getting to work on one this year and hope to have it completed soon. It will be a mix of something old and new.
Q. Do you see yourself completely retiring from show business?
A. No. Not at all. What would I do? (laughter). I absolutely love performing. As long as I can do this I will.
Editor's Note: For more information on Kenny Loggins including his summer and fall tour schedule log on to www.kennyloggins.com.