It’s only fitting that the name of the environmental foundation being launched at SOhO this Friday is called “Next Wave.” Not only is the name a reflection of the charter of the new organization, it also aptly reflects the musical talent joining the launch. When Crosby Loggins takes the stage with his Namedropping colleagues, this unassuming front-man will show why his musical collective will be crashing upon greater shores before too much longer. The symbiosis of the two undertakings reflects a firm family dedication—and not only because Kenny Loggins will be joining his son on stage.
Founded by a group of Santa Barbara High School students, The Next Wave Foundation is a conservation organization guided by Loggins’s family that will focus its attention upon coastal communities and use famous faces to enlighten young people about relevant environmental issues. It is an approach of which Loggins knows the power, as he has seen firsthand the influence that fame can have.
“I’m really fortunate to know a lot of people who not only have a lot of influence but also care,” said the younger Loggins. “The folks I have been brought up around, like Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt, are some of the people I admire the most because of what they have done. So when you see people like this, and if you have the means yourself, you just feel the instinct to try and organize the forces you have. … And at SOhO, we will work the father-son angle as shamelessly as possible in the name of something we all care about!”
While Loggins readily acknowledges the advantages of his musical heritage, he is very much his own man. At eight, he started playing piano. At 10, he picked up a guitar. And by the time he was in his teens, he was writing and singing his own compositions. But while he seemed destined for musical stardom, he also saw the bad side of creative success.
“People always assumed that I was going to grow up and sing,” explained Loggins. “And as a kid I kind of bought into that. It wasn’t until I reached my twenties that I started to question it. I realized very early on that success doesn’t equal happiness and the music world is difficult for your home life.” When Loggins graduated high school, he moved to Hawaii to build houses, just to see if he could give up music. “If I could, that meant I probably should. But one day I came home upset and realized I didn’t have a guitar in my apartment. In a need to emote, I borrowed a friend’s guitar and wrote some songs.”
While those songs might never see the light of day, they are some of the most important of his career—Loggins had connected with his calling on a personal level. The next step was finding the right help, so he teamed up with Nick Hartley, of the esteemed Hartley Fitzgerald Agency. The two set about establishing a basic musical mission statement, which became, “If at all possible, could nobody be an asshole?” After pulling together an impressive collection of musicians, Loggins began brandishing his soulful sound around Santa Barbara. And now, with the right people in place, the ensemble has been spending its time between shows down at Brotheryn Studios in Ventura recording Loggins’s debut album.
“It’s been an independent project, so we have run out of money a few times, but I’m really proud of it,” said Loggins. “Like anybody’s first album you have the luxury to pick from the finest songs you have done up to this point. And I am playing with my friends too, which makes it very special. We have one more session and then it’ll all be wrapped up. We’ve had a lot of label interest already so we will just have to wait and see what happens.”
Whatever happens long term for Crosby Loggins and The Namedroppers, it’ll surely be significant. In the short term? You will just have to get yourself along to SOhO and join Crosby Loggins and his family to launch the Next Wave. Rest assured—it will be a wave that is destined to keeping rolling for some time to come.
4·1·1 Crosby Loggins and The Namedroppers join Kathrin Shorr, Bella Loggins, and Kenny Loggins in an evening of music at SOhO on Friday, February 10, to benefit The Next Wave Foundation. Call 962-7776.