So you've been with Poco for 45 years now, ever since the beginning...
Rusty Young: It's been 45 years, and I don't know if you know this or not, but I'm retiring.
Yes, our last shows are going to be in February. I would have actually stopped this weekend at Wildwood, a lodge we play in Missouri, but I have contracts through February. So we're going to play through February and then I'm going to stop.
So this is really the end of the line after 45 years?
For me, it's time to stop. I'm tired. I'm going to be 68 in February - 68-years-old - and I think for me it's kind of silly to carry on. People say, "Well look at Mick Jagger or Paul McCartney." But the difference is that those guys have a private plane, a limo that takes them to the airport. They stay at a five star hotel, they go down to the gig and everything's set up for them … I have to load up all my gear, drive to the airport, get on a Southwest Airlines flight, drive all my gear to the hotel and then drag all my gear from the hotel to the stage, spend all day setting it up, play a show, tear down all the gear, drag it back to the hotel … If I lived the life that Mick Jagger lived, then I might consider playing on further, but not with the kind of touring that we have to do.
What about continuing to record? Have you ever considered doing a solo album?
That's one of the projects I just might do. I might just do a six song EP because I do have some songs. I love the songs on our new album, All Fired Up. So it's been a lot of fun and the band's great. But even with All Fired Up, there's not really a huge market for Poco anymore, and doing them is more of a vanity thing. We sell them at shows. That's really just about it. Everything has its time, and we had our time and it was great. I just really want to end on top, and for me we are ending on top, because our band is really, really good. It's one of the best Poco bands we've ever had, and maybe even the best. Our live shows are really, really great and the new CD is really, really great. So I feel like we're going out on top, showing what we can do. If the record sells 100 copies or a 100,000 copies, it's a work I'm really proud of and I think it's the record to end on. It's time.
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