Kenny Loggins is pulling double duty at the Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St. His band, Blue Sky Riders, is set to open his solo show at 8 p.m. Monday.
The group, featuring Loggins, Nashville singer-songwriter Georgia Middleman and award-winning songwriter Gary Burr, will perform songs off its full-length debut, "Finally Home."
"We do 40 minutes, then I come back on and do my show," Loggins said. "And most of my show are the songs people come for, the hits."
The creative spark that turned into Blue Sky Riders began when Loggins and Burr wrote their first song together. It inspired Loggins to start a new band.
"Kenny came to town to write songs for his album, 'How About Now,'" Burr said. "He made so many records that when it came time to do a new record he wanted to do something new. We wrote and had a really good time and decided to make a record. Then he had the great idea of adding a female songwriter and I knew Georgia was the one."
Once all three got together, it was a comfortable fit.
"That's what you call blind luck," Loggins said. "I knew Gary and I got a long great. We had a lot of fun while we were writing and when we recorded our demos it was always a blast. I think it was just lucky that the girl he invited into the band, I clicked musically with. That's why this band exists because there is synergy. You can't force it to be. I said lets keep going, lets make a band, lets attack, so that's what we're doing."
Blue Sky Riders is on the road, touring across the Northwest.
"It's funny, touring is grueling and when it gets hard to find the funding to keep us going, it's like once we go on stage and we do a show or we get in the writing mood again, it's so natural," Middleman said. "It's inspiring to keep going and Kenny is right, you can't plan that."
"Finally Home," written and recorded during the beginnings of the band two years ago, features all three singing lead amid the three-part harmonies.
"All the songs are written by the three of us together, with the exception of a couple," Loggins said. "I think that's one of the things that makes the music unique. It's three strong songwriters. When we all write together it becomes a composite of the three that we call the fourth one in the room, which is Blue Sky Riders. It's a little of each of us. You can't listen to the song and say that's a Kenny song or that's a Gary song, you can hear each of us in every song we do."
Their show will give the audience a good taste of the new album.
"It's very high-energy," Loggins said. "It's surprising. You would think that because of our backgrounds there would be a lot of acoustic guitar, but we have a great band to really rock the show."
Blue Sky Riders love playing intimate theaters like The Kent Stage.
"We love shows when the front row is close enough to really interact with the audience and you can see the first few rows of people and their faces," Burr said. "Premieres like that are our sweet spot."
Loggins hopes to show a new side of his music during the performance.
"Creatively I want to keep it fresh," Loggins said. "I know legacy acts like myself, if they try to put their new material in the body of their show, that's when everyone buys T-shirts and goes to the bathroom. I wanted to have a way to showcase the music without scaring the audience. I think just bringing Gary and Georgia out and having a band that is Blue Sky Riders as the opening act is a great way to showcase new music. I think because I've covered so many musical territories over the years, my audience is very capable of handling the music where other audiences and other acts have difficulty with it. I wanted to take advantage of the fact that my audience would be listening and give the music a chance."
For more information on the band at BlueSkyRydersband.com. Tickets range from $52 to $66.
"Finally Home" can be purchased at the show for $15.
To purchase tickets or for more information, call 330-677-5005 or visit thekentstage.com.