Kenny Loggins talks Penn’s Peak appearance, Blue Sky Riders and ‘Footloose’

It’s safe to say that legendary rock icon Kenny Loggins has got the Midas Touch. After first finding musical success in the early 1970s as part of the pop-rock duo, Loggins and Messina, Loggins struck gold with "Danny's Song" and "Your Mama Don't Dance" - both of which becoming radio friendly favorites.

In 1977, Loggins’ career as a solo artist began and songs like “Celebrate Me Home” and "This Is It" showcased Loggins' inspired songwriting and smooth vocal style.

In the 1980’s, Loggins career took off into the stratosphere as he became the go to guy for film soundtracks. His contributions to films like “Caddyshack” ("I'm Alright"), "Footloose,” and “Top Gun” ("Danger Zone") all became huge hits and can still be found regularly on classic rock radio.

Loggins four-decade career has also included collaborations with other legendary artists. He’s worked alongside Stevie Nicks (“Whenever I Call You Friend”) and Steve Perry ("Don't Fight It”) as well as winning multiple Grammy awards for "What A Fool Believes", a song he co-wrote with former Doobie Brother, Michael McDonald.

Kenny Loggins is certain to deliver a hits laden career retrospective and more when he visits Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA on Saturday, Nov. 8.

I recently caught up with Loggins and asked him about his upcoming Penn’s Peak performance. He also gives me an update on his side project, Blue Sky Riders and some of his most memorable moments.

What can fans expect from your performance at Penn's Peak?

I think they can expect to have a fun time and hear some of their favorite songs of mine. When I go to other artist's concerts there's usually one or two songs I'm dying to hear, and if I don't hear them I'm disappointed. I know folks come for certain songs and I always try to deliver them. Therefore, my Jim Thorpe performance will be a "hits show”.

What do you like most about the venue?

I love the views of the mountains. When I'm onstage with all that natural beauty and fans surrounding me, it’s an amazing energy to feel.

It's been 30 years since "Footloose" swept the nation. When you look back at that movie and your involvement with the film’s soundtrack, what thoughts come to mind?

Yeah, time flies when you’re having fun [laughs]! It really is hard to believe the original is 30 years old! I think it's every artist's dream to be aligned with an iconic project like “Footloose”. I had no idea that it would be such a huge success and it’s really cool to see how the song has withstood the test of time.

You've had huge success with the Blue Sky Riders Kickstarter campaign. Can you give me an update the band's next album?

Crowd funding was new to us so we really had no idea what to expect. But our fans showed such strong support during the Kickstarter campaign that not only did they help us reach our goal, we even reached our stretch goals! It was a great way to interact with our fans and have them literally be part of the making of our next record. The funds from the campaign are being used to record the album and market it. Currently, we're scheduled to release it next fall. We hope everyone likes the finished product!

Over the course of your career is there one moment (Loggins and Messina, a particular record, tours, awards...) that stands out to you as most memorable?

My career has been filled with memorable moments. Winning the Grammys jumps out especially. Then there are the duets with Stevie [Nicks], writing with Mike McDonald, writing and singing with Steve Perry, making the “Leap of Faith” album and the success of my “Return to Pooh Corner” CD. I always have a lot of gratitude, especially that I still get to sing for my living.

Kenny Loggins will perform at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania on Saturday, November 8.
For more information, check out Loggins' official website: www.kennyloggins.com (Photo by: Stephen Morales)