Richie Furay Promotes Concert Tour, Solo Album
February 26, 2015
By Steven Lieberman
Buffalo Springfield and Poco legendary singer-songwriter Richie Furay made an appearance with his band on Wednesday at The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live for a Q & A and performance, and to kick-off his concert tour promoting his new solo album, “Hand In Hand.”
The cover of “Hand In Hand” features the wedding photo of Furay, 70, and his wife of 48 years, Nancy. The two met at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in West Hollywood, where Nancy caught his eye and became the inspiration behind Buffalo Springfield’s, “Kind Woman,” one of Furay’s biggest hits. The title track of the new record serves as a follow-up to this song, and will be released on March 17.
Furay’s daughter, Jesse Furay Lynch, joined him on Wednesday at The Grammy and will stay with the band as they tour. Having good genetics, she harmonized beautifully with her dad, and played a sweet tambourine.
Furay started his musical career playing folk clubs as a solo artist in the 1960’s as well as with bands like the Monks and the Au Go Go Singers. He is best known for forming the bands Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills and Neil Young and Poco with Jim Messina, Rusty Young and Randy Meisner.
“Hand In Hand” marks his first solo release in eight years. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 for his work with Buffalo Springfield and was recently inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame for his work with Poco.
When asked what inspired him to want to be a singer, Furay said, “If Ricky Nelson could do it, so can I.”
After the Q & A, Furay’s band took the stage to perform six songs.
From his new album, he chose the title song, “Hand In Hand,” “We Were The Dreamers” (a song he wrote about the story of Poco in ’69), and “Still Fine.”
The other songs were three of his big hits from Buffalo Springfield/Poco days: “Kind Woman,” “Pickin’ Up The Pieces” (a song her wrote after Buffalo disbanded and Poco formed), and “A Good Feelin’ To Know.”