Watching the River Run

Watching the River Run

by Jim Messina



The absence of Jim Messina from the music scene for the better part of the 1980s and '90s has been a real loss for fans of country-rock, which makes his return a matter for celebration. Since releasing three major label solo albums between 1979 and 1983, Messina has been heard from only on the Poco reunion album Legacy. For his first solo album in 13 years, he has made a tentative effort, relying on remakes of songs from his old groups for eight of the 11 selections. Songs like "Child's Claim to Fame" and "Kind Woman" from Buffalo Springfield, "You Better Think Twice" from Poco, and "Angry Eyes" and "Your Mama Don't Dance" from Loggins & Messina have aged well, and Messina, whose extensive talents always included a gift for inventive arrangements, gives them assured, direct performances that emphasize their consistency. Of the three new songs, "Follow Your Dreams" is an encouraging philosophical statement, "Whispering Waters" a tour de force with a characteristically ambitious instrumental interlude, and "Mexican Minutes" a pleasant throwaway.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/04/1996
Label: A&M
UPC: 0751416117546
catalogNumber: 161175

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jim Messina   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Overdubs
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
Joe McGlohon   Steel Guitar
Joey Miskulin   Accordion
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Brent Rowan   Guitar
Eddie Tuduri   Drums
Gary Oleyar   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Violin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
Joe Thomas   Keyboards
Ira Dean   Background Vocals,Harmony,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Jim Messina   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Bob Bullock   Engineer
Rick Holbrook   Engineer
Roger Nichols   Engineer
Crystal Bernard   Contributor
Valerie Behling   Art Direction
Conni Treantafeles   Art Direction
Rick Fritz   Engineer
Joe Thomas   Producer,rhythm arrangement

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