Blue Sky Riders, a trio comprising songwriter Gary Burr, GRAMMY winner Kenny Loggins and singer/songwriter Georgia Middleman, recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's An Evening With series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, Blue Sky Riders detailed their origins and the creative process behind their debut studio album, Finally Home. The trio also performed a brief set, including the songs "How About Now" and "I'm A Rider (Finally Home)."
"In the writing room, everything gets leveled and it becomes about the song," said Middleman. "It's so easy with us because our minds are spinning with ideas. I can bring up an idea and … we're off and running. And suddenly a song is starting."
The initial spark for Blue Sky Riders was lit when two-time GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Loggins tapped decorated Nashville songwriter Gary Burr (George Jones, Garth Brooks, Ricky Skaggs) to collaborate on songs for his 2008 studio album, How About Now. Feeling an instant chemistry, Loggins suggested they add a female voice and form a trio project. Burr recommended his wife Middleman, a singer/songwriter who has collaborated with artists such as Faith Hill, Martina McBride and Keith Urban.
With their lineup complete, Blue Sky Riders set forth on recording their debut album, Finally Home. Released in January, the album is co-produced by GRAMMY winner Peter Asher and features 15 country/pop-influenced tracks, with all three members sharing lead vocals and creating rich three-part harmonies. Billboard described the album as "full of strong lyrics and impeccable harmonies" and "music that defies genre classification."
Blue Sky Riders are opening dates on Loggins' current U.S. tour, which will run through October.
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include Who Is Prince Really? An In-Depth Conversation (Aug. 14), An Evening With Chip Taylor (Aug. 20), The Drop: Trombone Shorty (Aug. 27), and An Evening With Amy Grant (Sept. 3).