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November 12, 2004

Paul on the tunes...A post by Paul on

I wrote ‘Bad Weather’ for the Illinois Speed Press and the breaking up of that band. The Poco "live" cd has my favorite version of it on it. Hendrix heard it at the Whiskey A Go Go when The Speed Press were the house band and said during a bear hug from him, "don't ever stop writing songs like that one".

I first heard ‘Magnolia’ in Boulder, Colorado when my next door neighbors brought over Cale's first lp "Naturally". We recorded the song in a very live situation at the studio in L.A. My "rough" vocal was kept also.

I wrote ‘Indian Summer’ while taking a walk around the block on a full moon night in Encino, CA. and came home and let the song write itself. I was on my fifth motorcycle by that time with two more to go in the coming years A Honda helix is my ride these days.

Heart Of The Night came as I was all alone together as usual, as we found ourselves in lively, lusty New Orleans in the late 70's. I was wishing to share the "vibe" with my significant other at the time, but it didn't happen and the song is about what I was feeling at the time. I wrote it in 20 minutes and remember Steve Chapman, our drummer then, jumping up at rehearsals for the Legend lp. and proclaiming "that song is a hit"! Steel guitar on an r&b song! As mom would say, "whodathunkit?

‘Ride The Country’ inspired by my very first visits to the central coast of California and it’s rolling hills and vineyards. The song is a fantasy where I imagined my wife at the time, riding through those places on horseback. Beautiful!

December 22, 2002

Click here for special Seasons Greetings from Paul

November 26, 2001

"Hello Everyone! It's been some time since I've had a chance to respond to all of my friends out there in cyberspace. I finally have a moment here to reflect on what a great year it's been seeing all of you at the shows and getting to hang before and after the concerts with you as well. You've come from all over the world and it's an incredible feeling to know that there is such an interest in the music these days. From Australia and England, and all over this great country, I've met the finest folks in the world! Makes me anxious to have more new music out there for all to enjoy, and if all sells well for Firebird, that will be a must-do. In light of all that's happened (9-11), it becomes such a very precious thing to be reconnected again with all of you. Happiest of Holidays -&- Happy Trails! Paul Cotton P.S. Firebird' is still available through Futuredege, CD Now and Amazon.Com. 'When The Coast Is Clear' projected release - Summer, 2003"

December 10, 2000

Hi Everyone! It's me again. Sorry it has been so long since I've been in touch. Want to take this time to wish everyone Very Happy Holidays, and a great new year ahead in the year 2001! Speaking of New Years, Poco will be playing at the Universal Ampitheater in Los Angeles for New Year's Eve, so that should make for a great celebration. Wish all of you could be there with us - and look forward to seeing those of you who can be there. Plans for recording the next Poco album are underway and it should be out in early summer. I'm also planning some solo performances next year, so will keep you informed as more info becomes available. Once again, I look forward to seeing you all next year. Happy Trails to you All, Ho=Ho-Ho - Santa Pauley

July 10, 2000

Hello out there wherever you are. Been a while since i've been in touch. Just spent a wonderful week in beautiful Nashville with Rusty and George and Jack where we were rehearsing for the summer touring schedule. It's been great fun having those guys back on stage with us again. That ol familiar sound and feel is there and I'm a happy camper to say the least! We hope to see all of you at these upcoming shows during the coming months and thanks again for the very nice comments regarding the Firebird cd. Hopefully we'll be doing a few of those songs from it in the near future. The very best of summer to you all! Happy trails' Paul Cotton

May 19, 2000

Hello Everyone! Want to take a moment to thank all of you for your very nice and enthusiastic comments about Firebird. It is rewarding to me to know that the music brings you pleasure, and I enjoy reading your stories very much. I hope you'll spread the word about the CD - it will make all the difference. I look forward to meeting many of you at the upcoming Poco shows. Thanks again - Happy Trails! Paul Cotton

March 26, 2000

Hello Everyone!.I realize that it has been some time since I've checked in.Just have a minute to bring you up to speed. We're in the final stages of mixing Firebird. We're very happy with the way it is sounding and look forward to a mid-April release. Rusty's contributions were great. I enjoy reading all of your comments at this website; it has been very encouraging. I look forward to seeing all of you in the coming months as we begin touring. Thanks and Happy Trails. Paul Cotton

January 16, 2000

Happy New Year to all! Here's the latest on the Firebird project: Most of the guitars have been added. I will finish those this week. Then we'll start vocals, keyboards and percussion. I am very pleased with the results thus far. When the vocals are finished, we'll have Rusty contribute his part. All and all, it is looking like a March release. We are still waiting on good weather for the photo shoot as well. It's difficult to respond to all of the individual questions in this limited space, so I'll confine my response to questions specifically related to general questions of the interest to all: There will be a Poco CD. Can't say when, but we're talking not so much about doing it, as about the best way possible to get it to the marketplace (i.e. internet vs. stores, etc.) Changing Horses has not been considered for re-release at this time, but it is possible sometime in the future. Yes, I was into Chris Rea's music through much of the 80's. I'm still a fan. I liked him best before The Road to Hell CD. Lastly, I'd like to thank all of you who have offered professional support to the Firebird Project (including Ben Eicher, Michael Edmunds,and John Brindle). I'll give the information to my personal manager who will follow-up on your suggestions. I'd like to thank all of you who have taken the time to sign in on the guestbook and for your continuing interest and support. I'll keep in touch. Happy Trails (and Happy Year 2000) to All!

November 8, 1999

Hi Everyone:Just checking in. Have enjoyed reading your comments. In answer to George Kriger's question: Western Waterloo was a song about how the Native Americans lost the West. The song was not about any living person or personal situation. "Trader" referred to a man who dealt in the transfer of goods back in those days. Will keep you posted on the Firebird project as things develop. Happy Trails To All -Paul

October 11, 1999

Hi Fans! Its me again! To Bill Lockery: regarding the J.J. Cale question: JJ's personal assistant came by the studio to say that JJ loved the version that we did of Magnolia. To Dennis Sargent: Yes, I would be happy to do a station ID for your radio station at some point - maybe early next year. To Richard Hirsh: Yes, you were right, I was acknowledging the fans with the red rose on my guitar strap! Thanks to all for your continued interest. Happy Trails! Paul Cotton

October 4, 1999

Just a weekly response to say "Thanks" to all who have signed in to this wonderful website. Rich, I don't know how you find the time, but I thank you for every second that you have spent on my career and this site! In response to Albert Martin from Germany: When I joined Poco in 1970 they had tuned their guitars and bass down 1/2 step to save wear and tear on their voices night after night and in the studio. It wasn't until Under The Gun that we went back to standard tuning. Hope this helps your C# problem with Heart of the Night. Happy Trails to All

September 27, 1999

Hello Everyone! To those of you who have responded to the Website on the Guestbook or via the Bulletin Board, I thank you and hopefully I can answer a few questions at this time. Regarding the When The Coast Is Clear project, I intend to release a "real" studio version following the Firebird CD, which hopefully will be released in late Fall of this year. The Coast version that some of you have is only a demo/bootleg that some anxious fans have sent around over the last few years. It is not the definitive version of the project. I hope you are looking forward to the Real Thing, as I am! I chose to do the Firebird project first because I feel it would reach the greatest number of fans at this time because of a certain familiarity of lyrics and sound. Regarding guitars that I use: I no longer have the White Falcons, but I still use my Les Pauls and the beautiful Stratocaster I received as a gift from Rusty back in 1992. Thanks again for your interest. I'll keep in touch. . Happy Trails to All.

September 17, 1999

Well what in the wide world of country rock is happening here? It looks like I'd better get a CD out real soon, eh? Thanks Rich for my very own Website and to all of the wonderful fans who are responding to it! I have some great music coming forth and I hope that you will all be as delighted to hear it as I am putting it together. It will be called FIREBIRD. It will consist of at least ten very southwestern and romantic songs. Please stay tuned with much more to come. Rusty says that he will sing and play on some of it, too. Happy Trails to All Of You

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