Throughout the formative years of our group America, the songs and voice of Richie Furay were a constant inspiration. With both the Buffalo Springfield and Poco albums, Richie was in “heavy rotation” in our world and remains so to this day. – Gerry Beckley, Member of the group AMERICA
Representation and Touring Formats
Representation: Exclusive – North America
Touring Formats: Solo
After an astonishing 60-year career in music that included pivotal positions in Buffalo Springfield, Poco, the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, as well as several solo albums, Richie Furay’s signature vocals still capture his voice with such incredible depth and beauty that even those who have been long-time fans and followers will be caught with wonder when seeing him perform as he approaches 80 years old. It is truly an artistic moment of reckoning when watching his dynamic stage presence and his connection with the audience.
Richie Furay was born in Yellow Springs, Ohio and loved music from the start. His father listened to country music on the radio, and it caught Furay’s ear immediately. There was something about the openness of the songs, and the emotional power of those that delivered them, both the singers and players. It wasn’t long until rock & roll sprang out of country and blues in the early 1950s, and once the young Ohioan found that sound he knew he was home. Early doowop records rose to the front for a while, and when Richie Furay began guitar lessons and got his first guitar when he was eight years old, he knew that’s what he wanted to do. By the time the young man was attending college in 1963, he was a drama major and had won the freshman talent show. After a trip to New York with his college acapella choir, Richie returned the following summer to sing in folk clubs where he met Stephen Stills. Eddie Miller then formed the AuGoGo Singers with Richie and Stephen and his future was set.
He describes it as an “inner optimism” that really took him into the heart of becoming a professional musician. It has been a career of constant progression and unending achievements. Once Stills and Furay joined with Neil Young, Bruce Palmer, and Dewey Martin, Buffalo Springfield instantly became one of America’s great bands. As they toured and recorded for the next three years, the group solidified their place in the history books. And when Furay left to form Poco with Jim Messina, Rusty Young, Randy Meisner, and George Grantham in 1968, his permanent influence in Country Rock became assured.
“Rock & roll and country, that’s really what I’m all about,” Furay explains. “It’s the sound that first really touched me as a child, and it’s stayed a constant in my life all these years, both personally and professionally. Even at the start of my career. I may have felt somewhat insecure, but I always believed in myself. And I knew enough to know to do what I wanted to do, because if I didn’t I wouldn’t be enjoying what I was doing. That was always a basic operating procedure for me. No matter what group I was in, I needed to really like what we were trying to play. And that’s what is at the heart of my recording catalog and live concerts. I have always loved country music, and the idea of putting it together with rock & roll with a steel guitar seemed like a natural back at my start right up to now.”
From the earliest days of his onstage life, at this time there is an eternal feel to his vocals, like the man has tapped into the deepest aspect of life and conveyed all he has sung and learned into a crowning achievement of where he’s been and where he’s still going.
When the electric and acoustic guitars team up, and the bass and drums of the rhythm section kick in and are joined by keyboards and the ever important steel guitar, there is such an undeniable celebration of music that comes across it feels like Richie Furay has unlocked the most immortal secret of who he has been all these years. He is joined by a spirit of life and love that only the very finest music can deliver. “This is what I am about: rock & roll and country,” he states, and truer words were never spoken. By the end of his concert performance when the signature song from Poco, “A Good Feelin’ To Know”, is heard, it feels like a special gift being handed out at an illustrious event. A gift from one of rock & roll’s true pioneers.
It has been a rare pleasure to be able to call Richie Furay a friend after so many years. Like so many music lovers, I became aware of his work with Buffalo Springfield as a teenager in London in the late 60’s and have been a fan ever since. Over the years he has added much to my musical experience via his work with Poco, Souther-Hillman-Furay and more recently The Richie Furay Band. Our band, America, was heavily influenced by the writing and arranging style of Richie and these artists in our early days and when we first returned to the U.S. in 1972, it was a thrill to be touring with Souther-Hillman-Furay within a short time! He’s a great songwriter and has a beautiful voice….and a big smile! As a person Richie has always been an open and generous human being sharing the joy of making music with everyone…long may he run!
– Dewey Bunnell / Member of the group AMERICA
Richie’s Gift never left the fans or fellow musicians’ hearts. He is on the short list of guys that true musicians admire and follow, year after year.
– Cameron Crowe / American director, producer, screenwriter, journalist, author & actor
Very few musicians can claim to have been a member of a seminal musical group. Ohio-born, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Richie Furay can lay claim to being a founding member of not just one but two of rock music’s most revered, influential and groundbreaking bands: Buffalo Springfield and Poco. Both bands left a rich legacy of innovation, experimentation and creativity unequaled by their contemporaries. In the 1960’s the Buffalo Springfield lit up the Sunset Strip with their distinctive blend of folk and rock, boasting three strong singer/songwriters in one band: Stephen Stills, Neil Young and Richie Furay. This creative powerhouse was the envy of all their Sunset Strip competition. While “For What It’s Worth” has become a 1960’s anthem, their three albums, recorded over a mere 18 months, were brimming with outstanding original material. Richie’s clear clean vocals marked him from the outset as the band’s lead singer who also lent his voice to many of Neil Young’s early compositions. Richie was also the calming voice of reason between two powerful individuals, Stills and Young, who vied for dominance of the Springfield. When the Buffalo Springfueld finally imploded in 1968 from the simple fact of too many egos and an overabundance of talent, Richie Furay and bass player Jimmy Messina set about blending rock and country music, a risky proposition given the hippie world’s disdain for country music. What they created with Poco was nothing less than an entirely new genre of rock music, country rock. While contemporaries like The Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers were content to merely mimic country music’s affectations, Poco succeeded in marrying the two formerly disparate styles into an effervescent, exciting and groundbreaking style driven by the stellar singing and songwriting of Richie and the innovative pedal steel guitar playing of Rusty Young. Poco set the original template that others would follow to greater success. They are the first country rock band. At an Eagles concert in Denver a few years back, head Eagle Glenn Frey pointed Richie Furay out in the audience with the acknowledgement, “If it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t be here.” High praise, indeed. Despite the acclaim and respect he has rightfully accrued over 5 decades in the music business as both a band member and solo artist, Richie Furay remains the genuine deal: unassuming, easy-going, friendly and immensely talented. And that voice! No one can sing like he can. And if all that isn’t enough, he’s also the nicest guy you could ever hope to meet.
– John Einarson / Author of “Desperados: The Roots of Country Rock”, “For What It’s Worth: The Story of Buffalo Springfield” and “Hot Burritos: The True Story of The Flying Burrito Brothers”.
Throughout the formative years of our group America, the songs and voice of Richie Furay were a constant inspiration. With both the Buffalo Springfield and Poco albums, Richie was in “heavy rotation” in our world and remains so to this day.
–Gerry Beckley, Member of the group AMERICA
I first met Richie Furay around 1967….In the early days of NGDB, it was our honor to share the stage with Buffalo Springfield on several occasions. I became an instant fan…of the Springfield of course, but also of Richie in particular. His singing and playing were top notch and his stage presence was absolutely electrifying….In 1968 the newly-formed Poco, (billed briefly as Pogo), opened for NGDB at the Troubadour in LA…They just blew us away. We broke up for several months afterwards 🙂 …In the Summer of ‘69, I ran into John McEuen at, you guessed it !!..a Poco gig in Huntington Beach, CA….We decided then and there to take that inspiration and put our spin on it…NGDB has been playing our version of California Country Rock (with a bluegrass/Cajun twist)…ever since ….THANKS RICHIE !!
After Poco came the SHF Band….Richie, J.D. Souther, and Chris Hillman. More great music….And that continues today, with The Richie Furay Band….The common thread that runs thru all of Richie’s musical endeavors has been his talent of course, but more importantly, it’s the joy, grace, and pure class that he brings to everything he’s part of….Richie has lent his voice to our records, and I’ve been honored to sing on a couple of his as well. It’s been 50 years since we first met, and I’m here to tell you that Richie sings and plays better than ever..!! Above all, I’m just grateful to call Richie a friend….Here’s to you pal..!!
– Jeff Hanna / Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Richie is truly one of a kind… He has a kind heart, a kind voice and a kind hand when you need it. Who knows how the music we’ve loved over all these years would have sounded without Richie’s influence. I know my life and many others wouldn’t be the same if we hadn’t met Richie along the way.
– Rusty Young / Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist of POCO
The Richie Furay show is one of the BEST nights of music I have witnessed in a long, long time. Close your eyes, open your ears, and let this master of his craft enthrall you with his voice. If you’ve seen him before, see him again. If you haven’t seen him in a while, DON’T MISS IT!
– Pete Fornatale / Wrote the inside cover liner notes on Poco Deliverin’ album. Rock & Roll Historian and FM Radio Personality
Richie Furay really took me to another level. Richie mentored me. I watched how he worked as a songwriter and a singer and a performer…. and I really learned a lot just by being around him. I consider him one of my best friends, on many levels.
– Timothy B. Schmit / Bassist, The Eagles
Let me be crystal clear: Richie Furay is THE VOICE of Country Rock.
Bob Kramer / The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
I was a huge fan of Buffalo Springfield and in that very short period Richie continued to shine through while becoming one my very favorite singer/songwriters of the era. I have learned so much about great songwriting through the years from performing right next to him to watching and listening from afar as we both grew in our solo careers. Richie continues to be a mentor to me in so many different ways, he’ll never know. I’m very pleased and proud to continue our journeys, together and apart.
– Paul Cotton / Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter of POCO
Richie Furay deserves his place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His contribution to American music is truly appreciated by his millions of fans.
– Graham Nash / Singer, Songwriter of Crosby, Stills & Nash
Richie has performed with Poco many times over the years but as an honored guest and founding father. Richie’s voice is the sound of country-rock to me. He’s still in great voice, and it’s a big treat to do those early Poco songs with his voice in the mix.
–Jack Sundrud / Bassist, Singer, Songwriter of POCO, Idlewheel
Richie and I shared many wonderful times along the road to our collective and individual successes. “Kind Woman” and “Child’s Claim to Fame” are the two songs Richie wrote during our times together with the Springfield, that still inspire me to this day. Enough so for me to sing and perform them in my set each night. My way of paying tribute to Richie as a writer and a warm reminder of the creativity we once shared together.
Richie was my best man at my wedding, which should tell you something about how I appreciated his talent and friendship. It was Richie and his wife Nancy who inspired me as a young man of 20 years of age, to seek out a loving and meaningful person to share my life with. Richie and Nancy’s solid commitment to one another continued to inspire me for many years to come.
– Jim Messina / Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Producer of POCO , Loggins & Messina
Richie Furay, one of the most talented people I have had the pleasure of working with over the years. As a singer/songwriter/musician he has blessed us all with his beautiful music for five decades. As a man he carries in his heart an unshakable love for Jesus Christ and a faith so strong that we can only hope to achieve. I love you Richie, you are a true blessing in my life.
– Chris Hillman / Singer, Songwriter of The Byrds, Desert Rose Band, Souther-Hillman-Furay
“He(Richie) obviously contributed greatly as a member of Buffalo Springfield but also went on to greater public recognition with Poco. Buffalo Springfield is the cornerstone of the folk and country that followed. It’s fascinating how much has grown out of the collaboration of the original band members and then, the many shoots and branches that grew from their trunk to create an incredible music legacy of its founders. They’re even influencing the Americana genre to this day. They’re sound – and Richie still sounds the same as he did in the late sixties – is still as fresh and vibrant today as it was then. Have you heard Richie’s new album(Hand In Hand)? Amazing and it proves the point I was just making.”
– Greg Harris / CEO of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Richie has contributed so much to American Music. His songs, lyrics, and vocals are beautiful. He could blend with anyone. In Boenzyee Cryque we were so influenced by Buffalo Springfield. We even opened for them in Denver once.
– George Grantham / Drummer for Poco
From the first time I heard “On the Way Home” and “Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing” from Buffalo Springfield’s first album there was a tone in the voice of the singer I couldn’t get enough of! Who was this person who was singing like a songbird? What I was hearing from Richie Furay never stopped for me and is why I enjoyed listening to his music so much! I remember hearing that a new album was coming out with Richie on it and I literately couldn’t sleep at night waiting to hear what new songs he wrote! I would get home with the new album (any album he did) and play the Richie songs over and over – soaking in each verse, melody and chorus! I think he is a genius in how he crafts each song in the utmost perfection and gives me a little something to reflect on! There is no better singer, songwriter or bandleader that still sends me to the Heavens when I hear his music or see him perform – thank you Richie for enriching my life with a voice of a songbird!
– Dean Fearing / Chef, Creator of Fearing’s Restaurant Dallas, Author of The Texas Food Bible
For 50 years, in the iconic bands Buffalo Springfield, Poco, Souther Hillman & Furay, and on his own, Richie Furay has created heart-felt, heart-warming, soul-satisfying music. He has the voice and sensibility of an angel.
– Peter Knobler / Editor, Crawdaddy
Richie Furay was a pioneer of folk-rock, country-rock and soft-rock in southern California.
– Roger McGuinn / Lead Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist of The Byrds
I have seen many of my heroes perform well beyond their “expiration date” with voices diminishing, arthritis ravaging, or dementia creeping into once lucid minds. Then there is Richie Furay, whose voice still soars with the same clarity, beauty, and positive energy he floored us with when he blew our minds with Buffalo Springfield more than 50 years ago. I first saw Richie with Poco in 1969. It was one of those life-changing concerts. The harmonies. The instrumental virtuosity. The showmanship. The songwriting. The unabashed joy. There are threads of music that stay with you forever. For me, the list is led by the Byrds, the Beatles, Poco (and so much more). So many are no longer with us . . . but Richie Furay still sings. As long as he does, I’ll be in the audience.
– Kenny Weissberg / Concert Promoter, FM Radio Personality, Music Journalist
I attended my first concert ever in 1957 when I saw The Kingston Trio and fell in love with acoustic folk music. It didn’t take much of a move to fall in love with the California country-rock scene starting with Buffalo Springfield. Needless to say, Richie’s music along with Stephen Stills and Neil Young from 1966 till 1968 brought us Buffalo Springfield. The Springfield lasted way to short a time. My depression was lifted when in 1968 Richie started another great one with Poco. “Pickin’ Up the Pieces” was another classic collaboration of great artists in Poco. This great musical genre continued in 1971 with the forming of the Eagles, influenced by Richie and Poco. I was lucky enough to promote 5 nights at my old club Tulagi in Boulder, Colorado as their second shows ever performed. History was certainly made that week. Richie’s band Souther-Hillman-Furay continued to expand the massive following. The musical geniuses like Richie Furay have given us so much great music. I’ve been blessed in being a small part of it for all these years.
– Chuck Morris / President and CEO of AEG Live Rocky Mountains
Deeply influenced by the first Poco record…Deeply influential on our musical careers and sort of followed in their footsteps…Deeply inspiring and to this day I’ve seen Richie play out and he sounds great, sings great, looks great, plays great. We are all disciples of the band Poco. I even painted my guitar white to match Richie’s.
–Henry Paul / The Outlaws & BlackHawk
Richie Furay is a true American original. A Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Richie has influenced musicians and fans alike through five decades of creative, genre-defining melodies, honest and heartfelt lyrics, and positive outlook on life is an inspiration to all who encounter it.
– Jerry Fuentes / Author of LEGEND: The Story of POCO, Webmaster of Deliverin’: The POCO Live Concert Database
No one familiar with Richie Furay’s career can doubt the joy and passion that ignites his music. The complete oeuvre—from the delicate Buffalo Springfield song “Kind Woman” to the inspired foundation he provided in Poco to his dynamic solo work—has provided musical pleasures equivalent to that of any other rock legend. A uniquely talented artist, and an even finer person.
– G. Brown / Founding Director, Colorado Music Hall of Fame
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