From Dannys Song to Danger Zone, Kenny Loggins and his music is suddenly everywhere on FXs Archer, where he voiced his animated self, Foxs Raising Hope finale, and in Tuesdays premiere of USAs Playing House. But hes not resting on his old catalog.
Loggins, who plays Belk Theater on Sunday (704-372-1000; blumenthalarts.org), has a new country trio, Blue Sky Riders, and is recording a third childrens record.
Q. Since this is a hits-based show, are you shaking it up with new versions?
A. I have versions that are slightly different. I never take the song so far that people go, What song is this? I was with a friend at a Bob Dylan show and she turned to me and said, What song is this? and I said, I think its Lay Lady Lay.
Q. Thats an interesting way to watch a show as an artist figuring out what you would do differently.
A. Ive always tried to pay attention. One of the reasons I try to stay in shape is I went to a Crosby Stills and Nash show. CSN, CSNY and Buffalo Springfield (with his old partner Jim Messina) were big influences on my music in the 70s. I went to a show and part of me wished I couldve been back in time seeing them in their prime. I really want to keep in shape and my voice to keep working. I dont want people say to say, You shouldve seen him when he was 100 pounds lighter. But its important if I have it within my control to give an audience what they came for and thats to be transported in time. To feel that theyre back in their dorms or early married lives.
Q. People cant hear Footloose without thinking of the movie. What songs are like that for you?
A. For me its As Time Goes By from Casablanca or Top Hat, Fred Astaire.
Q. Youre enjoying a resurgence through TV. Whats that like?
A. I seem to be on the radar, right? It makes me seem cool. I dont know exactly what it means, but I like that its happening. Especially Archer. That has had repercussions in the 20-somethings. The sale of Danger Zone pennies has gone up. My hope is that theyll give another listen to certain eras of my music or my new band, Blue Sky Riders.