MERIDEN — Country rock band Poco is prepared to headline this year's Daffodil Festival music lineup, which also features bands and artists from around Connecticut.
During a recent interview for the “On the Record: Music” podcast, founding member Rusty Young said Poco has been working on new music in between live performances and is excited to perform at the festival.
“We’ve never played (the Daffodil Festival) before so I’m anxious to see how it turns out,” Young said. “You know, to see what it’s like, how many people are there and how much fun we can have.”
Young said the band often performs at fairs and festivals in the summer, adding the band usually plays a more up-tempo set list when performing outdoors.
The band’s sound combines rock and country through both acoustic and electric instruments. Last year, Young released his first solo record and plans to mix in two songs from the album in between Poco classics
“People come to the show and they have their favorite Poco songs that they want to hear,” Young said. “We want to try and hit all of them. We play everything from the very first title tune from the first album to the title tune from the most recent album.”
In addition to a few new songs, Young said the band will play “Good Feeling to Know,” “Heart of the Night,” “Indian Summer” and the “Rose of Cimaron,” which Young said was one of his best songs.
“I enjoy playing that song,” Young said. “That’s a real popular song — although it wasn’t a hit in America, it was a hit in other countries around the world.”
Young said another popular song that the band will perform is “Crazy Love,” which just surpassed 3 million downloads on Spotify.
“When you have a hit that big it’s fun because you connect with so many people,” Young said. “It’s really fun to sing it every night. I really enjoy that.”
Poco formed in the late 1960s with members Young, Jimmy Messina, Richie Furay of Buffalo Springfield and Randy Meisner, who later formed the Eagles.
The bond between the original members was the inspiration for “My Friend,” featured on “Legend,” the band’s top-selling album.
“No other band has that kind of a history of people being so successful and having such impact on the world of music as Poco has and I’m real proud of that,” Young said.
Music at the Daffodil Festival begins Saturday at 10:45 a.m. when Dis-N-Dat, a Boston-based reggae and R&B band, performs on the welcome stage. Chico and Friends then take the food tent stage at 11 a.m., and Jake Kulak and the Lowdown with Braiden Sunshine start the bandshell lineup at 12:30 a.m.
Poco is scheduled to perform in the bandshell between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
The music continues Sunday with the Sawtelles taking the welcome stage at 11:15 a.m., followed by Hannah’s Field at 11:30 a.m. on the food tent stage and Mariachi Colonial in the bandshell at 11:45 a.m.
To hear more from Young, listen to “On the Record: Music,” the Record-Journa’s music podcast, at https://bit.ly/2KS24L3