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Richie Furay, Special guest Phil Angotti - 6/23
at City Winery Chicago
WNUR Welcomes Richie Furay
After starting his musical career as a solo artist and member of various folk groups, Richie Furay formed Buffalo Springfield in 1967 with Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Bruce Palmer, and Dewey Martin. The band's debut album included the hit single "For What It's Worth," and the group went on to record two more albums before disbanding in 1968.
And who would have thought that 2010 and 2011 would see a reunion of BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD. The R&R Hall of Fame band existed for just two years in the late sixties and its three primary songwriters gave birth to over 40 years of groundbreaking music upon the band´s demise. In October of 2010, the surviving founding members, Richie Furay, Stephen Still, and Neil Young reunited for a one off performance at Young´s annual Bridge School Benefit in Mountainview CA. What followed was an early 2011 run in California culminating with a stellar set at Tennessee´s Bonnaroo Festival.
In 1968, Furay formed Poco, one of the first country-rock hybrid bands, with Jim Messina, Rusty Young, George Grantham, Randy Meisner (quickly replaced by Timothy B. Schmidt), and Paul Cotton (Messina's replacement after three albums). Poco recorded six albums with Furay at the helm, including the classics Pickin' Up The Pieces and A Good Feeling To Know. The band's unique sound set the stage for bands like The Eagles as well as for the rock music that now dominates the modern country music market of the 21st Century.
While Furay would occasionally join with core Poco members Young and Cotton, a stellar lineup of Furay, Young, Cotton, Messina, Grantham´Schmidt reunited for a one-time performance at California´s Stagecoach Festival in 2009.
Soon after departing Poco in 1973, Furay participated in Souther-Hillman-Furay Band. The band's hit single was Furay's "Falling In Love." After three solo albums in the '70s, he headed home to Colorado, where he is the pastor of the Calvary Chapel. Furay has since released two excellent inspiration albums - In My Father's House and I Am Sure.
More recently, he released Heartbeat of Love in 2006, his first general market album in three decades. Joining him on this collection are former band mates, Neil Young and Stephen Stills, Rusty Young, Paul Cotton, Timothy B. Schmitt as well as Kenny Loggins and The Turtles´ Mark Volman.
THE RICHIE FURAY BAND is currently performing material from his extensive catalog. Featuring the young rhythm section of Aaron Sellen and Alan Lempke, Jesse Furay Lynch and multi instrumentalist Scott Sellen. The live show spans Richie´s rich musical history and recreates some of the country rock legend´s best work, "Kind Woman," "A Good Feelin´ to Know," "A Child´s Claim to Fame," and "Crazy Eyes".... just to name a few.