Experience the One of a Kind Sounds of Jim Messina at Dosey Doe, Sept 4th

By: Billy Adams
| Published 08/14/2021


THE WOODLANDS, TX - Jim Messina, half of the 70s duo Loggins & Messina, will perform with his band at Dosey Doe Big Barn on September 4th. His career spans several decades and includes performing with Buffalo Springfield and co-founding the country rock band Poco. Jim’s set will include some of the best loved Loggins & Messina songs, with a few Poco tunes and some of Jim’s solo work mixed in.

From folk, rock, country rock, to Latin and most everything in between, Jim Messina is one of those rare and unique musicians that has the ability to capture the attention of his audience and take their minds and hearts to another place. Messina developed a name for himself while playing bass for Buffalo Springfield, launching the country rock band POCO and collaborating with and touring with Kenny Loggins. His career is an amazing story as he continues to treat people to his popular songs around the country. His background is unique and his talent covers more than just playing music. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Jim Messina in concert at Dosey Doe Big Barn. 

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Early years and Buffalo Springfield

Messina was born in Maywood California but spent his early years Harlingen Texas. His parents moved back to Southern California when he was in the fourth Grade. At the time he was to enter the 9th grade his parents decided to move to the Inland Empire to the small town of Colton California, located in San Bernardino County. A big musical influence for him when he was younger was his father. His dad played the guitar with influences like Merle Travis, Joe Maphis, and Chet Atkins. Messina eventually started playing the electric guitar himself and at the age of 13 put together a band called the Pendletons which eventually became The Jesters. It was as he entered into high school that, he played at a local country club in Colton, CA that was located near by a local airbase.  While pilots visited the country club to grab dinner and drinks, Messina and his band The Pendeltons would entertain their kids at the pool house. Messina and his band were well received and was noticed by people connected with the record label, Audio Fidelity Records. They liked his music and he was asked to come to Los Angeles to record his music, mostly surf music that he had written. The studio he recorded his music at was called Audio Arts Recorders. He recorded 12 songs that came out on the Audio Fidelity label, which all occurred during his Sophomore year of high school. Messina was found again by Glen Edwards a DJ Working at KEZY Radio in Orange County and started working for his label Ibus Records as a record producer. Then In 1966 while working as a recording engineer at Sunset Sound Recorders Jim began engineering for the band Buffalo Springfield.  The following year in 1967, Jim was asked by Ahmet Ertigan President of Atlantic Records to produce the Springfield’s next album. During that time the Springfied ended up losing their bass guitarist for which Messina auditioned for and was brought in to fill that position. He toured with Buffalo Springfield from 1967 to 1968. 

POCO and Beyond

After Buffalo Springfield, Messina began building a brand new band called POCO with his Springfield band mate, Furay.  Buffalo Springfield was considered a folk-rock band. Jim wanted to move away from “folk-rock” as a style and suggested to Furay that they they call the music “country-rock” the creative style of music Messina and Furay were writing and singing at that time. Insert Rusty Young in the band and the vision materialized. Poco would be known for its country rock hits. Messina went from bass to lead guitar, supplying vocals as well as writing songs, and he wrote and sang lead on their first hit single, “You Better Think Twice,” for the group. Poco was a pioneer of the Southern California country rock sound and would go on to release 19 studio albums. Messina was with the POCO from 1968 to 1970 and later became a record producer for Columbia Records. In that role he was asked to meet with a potential talent by the name of Kenny Loggins. Messina conferred with Clive Davis as to the best way to develop and produce Loggins’ first album. Messina worked with Loggins closely. He helped Loggins with his music direction and sat in on the album recordings providing instrumentals and vocals. Due to Messina’s substantial contribution to the album, Loggins’ first solo album was titled “Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina Sit-in’ In. Because of the success that followed the release of Sit-in’ In, Messina was asked to continue on with Loggins and the collaboration of Loggins and Messina was born. They toured for five years and sold over 16 million records. They are considered one of the most popular music duos. 

After the Kenny Loggins’ collaboration, Messina developed a successful solo career, producing other albums and touring the country with his sounds of Latin, Jazz, rock and folk music. He has performed reunion tours with POCO in 1989 and with Kenny Loggins in 2005 and 2009. His solo career has produced the following albums; “Oasis” ”Messina” “One More Mile” Jim Messina “LIVE” at the Clark Center, “Watching The River Run” “Under a Mojito Moon” and “In The Groove” recorded live at the Lobero theatre in Santa Barbara, CA. He continues to tour the country performing songs from Buffalo Springfield, POCO, his songs from Loggins and Messina as well as new songs from his solo career. Don’t miss the chance to hear Jim Messina in concert at Dosey Doe on September 4. 

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About Dosey Doe

This 165 year old historical structure has been saved for its current purpose. Originally built as a tobacco barn in Kentucky, the 300-600 year old growth oak and birch massive beams are the foundation not only for a beautiful room for also for great acoustics. It is a place where memories are made. No need to run from restaurant to music hall, as here you have it all.

Their entrees are 'cooked from scratch' based on the season, special offerings of purveyors with the type of music of the night in mind. Their task is to offer a meal that would be the reason in and of itself to visit Dosey Doe. The presentation is note worthy and the creations are featured in several Cook Books from Canada to Texas. 

Nationally recognized artists from around the world dominate the calendar here: from Jerry Jeff Walker to The Rippingtons, Dave Mason to Lee Roy Parnell, Clint Black to Bela Fleck, Leon Russell to Spyro Gyra, Steve Wariner to Hayes Carll, Roger Creager to Mel Tillis, Manhattan Transfer to Gallagher... up very close and personal. Most artists will stay to have photos taken and give autographs after the show. Many very rarely do it anywhere but here and almost everyone says it is one of their favorite rooms to play.

'I have played them all, big and small, but I have never played a place that sounds as good as Dosey Doe!' - Gary P Nunn

'I will gladly tell anyone that Carnegie Hall cannot compete with Dosey Doe,' - Michael Martin Murphy

'One of my all time top 5 places to have played,' - Marcia Ball

Come early and enjoy the room. Filled with Americana artifacts from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, there is plenty to see. Your hands touching the hand-hewn 2000 lb barn beams, your eyes filled with art, artifacts, signage from a simpler time, your taste buds excited from salad to dessert, and music so pure - up close and personal... all designed to 'Take You Away' and create a memory you will keep. 

The BIG BARN is home to great causes such as RETT and SWING FOR A CURE; benefits where proceeds go to help children's illnesses. The BIG BARN is available for large wedding receptions, corporate functions, birthdays and anniversary parties.

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