Poco co-founder, guitarist and pedal steel great Rusty Young dies aged 75

Rusty Young performs during an evening with Rusty Young from Poco at The GRAMMY Museum on February 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
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Rusty Young, best known as pedal steel guitarist, guitarist, singer and co-founder of the country-rock band Poco, has died aged 75 after suffering a heart attack at his home in Davisville, Missouri on April 14. His death was confirmed by a spokesperson, Mike Farley, and his Poco bandmate and fellow co-founder Richey Furay, who told Variety:

"I just received word that my friend Rusty Young has passed away and crossed that line into eternity. My heart is saddened; he was a dear and longtime friend who help me pioneer and create a new Southern California musical sound called ‘country rock.’

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.