Hit songwriters/artists Georgia Middleman, Gary Burr and Kenny Loggins have formed a trio called the Blue Sky Riders. The country/pop group will makes its debut Sat., April 2 at The Rutledge as part of Tin Pan South. They will also open Loggins’ solo tour dates this summer.
Past collaborators Burr and Loggins decided to form the band last year, and added Middleman for the female part. “We wrote our first song and were singing with a three-part blend that comes once in a lifetime,” Loggins recalls of the first meeting.
Each member of Blue Sky Riders has had significant individual success. Loggins scored his first hits with Loggins and Messina, and went on to be a chart-topping solo act. Among his best known songs are “Danny’s Song,” “House at Pooh Corner,” “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” “This Is It,” “Footloose,” and “Danger Zone.”
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Burr has had hits including Juice Newton’s “Love’s Been a Little Bit Hard on Me,” Conway Twitty’s “That’s My Job” and Wynonna’s “To Be Loved By You.” He’s collaborated with Ringo Starr, had cuts by Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, George Jones, and Garth Brooks, and pop hits by Ricky Martin/Christina Aguilera, and Kelly Clarkson.
Most recently, Middleman co-wrote Keith Urban’s 2010 chart-topper “I’m In.” She’s also had singles including Tracy Lawrence’s “It’s All How You Look At It” and Sarah Buxton’s “Innocence.” Her songs have been recorded by Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Terri Clark, Mark Chesnutt and Joe Nichols, among many others.
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