On The Horton Rooftop
Saturday, September 10
Jack Sundrud moved to Nashville in 1981 and soon became the bassist/vocalist for some of Music City’s top touring acts: Vince Gill, Dickie Betts, Bobby Whitlock, Gail Davies, The O’Kanes, Nicolette Larson, Kathy Mattea, Poco and more. Before re-joining Poco on the road and in the studio in 2000, Jack co-wrote (with Michael Johnson) 4Runners breakout hit,
Cain’s Bloodand Ty Herndon’s #1,
It Must Be Love.
Tom Hampton, inspired by musical artists such as Jackson Browne, Dan Fogelberg and Stephen Stills, led to his desire to learn guitar and explore songwriting…noting that “it’s prohibitively difficult to write a song on the drums.” Emboldened by his growing confidence in his songwriting, Hampton began focusing on his original material in the mid-nineties. Already an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, he found himself suddenly in demand for sideman and session work with other artists who were once his contemporaries as a songwriter within the local musical community. He backed and performed with Poco, Pure Prairie League, Eric Andersen, Jonathan Edwards, Jim Photoglo, Vonda Sheppard, Don Henry, Julie Gold, Daryle Singletary and many others. In 2020, Hampton was recruited to fill in on guitar for a series of live shows with Poco in February and March. The success of those shows culminated in an offer to become a permanent member of the band shortly thereafter.
Poco dissolved with the death of founding member, Rusty Young. However, Cimarron 615, a new country-rock band inspired by the Poco tradition, came together while recording Mr. Young’s material for a tribute project on Los Angeles record label Blue Elan. The band features Poco members: Sundrud, Tom Hampton, Michael Webb and Rick Lonow along with former Sky Kings and Foster & Lloyd member, Bill Lloyd.