Here are all the Furay Archive blog posts. These photos and pictures come from scrapbooks that Richie’s “Kind Woman” has compiled over the years. Explore and have fun. Thanks for checking it out.
Here we hear the smooth voice that would soon be a part of a California rock group that would influence music in so many ways. Stephen Stills and Richie Fuary were both members of this nine piece folk band. Can you hear the mighty wind a-blown’. If you get a chance to listen to this album and you love the sound of folk in the 60′s, this will be a real treat for you. Hearing how different Richie’s voice was and how it has matured throughout the years is pretty neat. Have a listen and enjoy.
This is the napkin on which Richie wrote out the entire arrangement of “Crazy Eyes.” No, not in 1973, the year Poco recorded the epic song, but recently with the intent of performing the song live. Scott Sellen, lead guitarist of the Richie Furay Band, had tried to convince Richie that the band could do the song live. Richie shared the fact that not even Poco had performed “that folk song live.” Richie, refers to the song as a “folk song” because it is how he originally saw the piece of music… that is until it began to morph into a ten minute epic.
Richie was leaving for Israel. Right before the trip, he was convinced that the Richie Furay Band could do it live and do it well. On the long plane ride to Israel, Richie wrote out the whole arrangement on a Delta napkin. If you haven’t listened to “Crazy Eyes” before, now is the time. Here is a version of “Crazy Eyes” performed live by the Richie Furay Band.
The original version is on Poco’s album titled Crazy Eyes. The album kind of pays homage to Gram Parsons, as Richie Furay sings both the title track, which he wrote about Gram, and one of Gram’s own compositions, “Brass Buttons”. An eerie fact: the album was released just four days before Gram’s death on September 19, 1973. Richie has said he wrote the song because “when talking to Gram, it could seem like you were looking right through his eyes. That maybe he wasn’t thinking what you thought he was.”
You sing songs about brass buttons and
Shiny silver shoes
Crazy Eyes, what did you to lose”
Yet another Furay Archive photo for you all. Here is a picture of Poco in the early 1970′s, tuning up before taking the stage. Timothy B. Schmit, Richie Furay, Paul Cotton, and Rusty Young are shown in the picture. The only one not shown is George Grantham. One of the finest drummers ever. On top of that, when you hear a soaring harmony on a Poco album, it is usually George. Drumming chops and harmony like that…got to be one of the best of all time!
If you are not familiar with Poco, now is a good time to find out more. Check out The Forgotten Trail. It’s one of the finest “Richie Furay era” collections. While you’re at it, check out all of Poco throughout the years.
Glance at one of many scrapbooks owned by Richie. Spanning his entire career, these books have photos, articles, concert tickets, concert programs… everything you can think of.
This particular book is dedicated to Buffalo Springfield. We invite you to join us as we “leak” content through The Furay Archive.
More coming soon.
Another great photo from the Furay Archive. This features Richie and Timothy B. Schmit in the studio. Seems they are adding background vocals to a new track. Poco was known for some of the most creative harmonies. Tim Schmit actually has an extensive list of artists that have utilized his singing abilities (not just Poco and The Eagles). Just to name one, Tim sang background vocals on Steely Dan’s masterpiece, Aja. There are numerous Timothy B. Schmit Guest Appearances though out the years. Check out the list here.
By the way, Tim added vocals on Richie’s The Heartbeat Of Love. There are a lot of other friends on the album too. Check it out.
Until next time… Anyway, Bye Bye.
We are back again to bring you the latest country-rock nugget from the Furay Archive. As always, it’s “just for me and you”… and whoever you want to share it with.
On page one of a leather-bound Poco scrapbook, we are introduced to the new band, Pogo. Pretty sure that this photo was taken before their historic debut at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. Starting in October 1968, the band appeared multiple times at the club. Ready to introduce their brand of country-rock, the group was well rehearsed and continued to blow listeners away. As a die-hard “Poconut” once said, “Poco was always so tight and rehearsed, but there was always a sense of danger to their live performance. That’s what made me keep coming back.” This combination of amazing musicianship and danger can be heard on the live album, Deliverin’.
As for the name Pogo, cartoonist Walt Kelly had a cartoon titled “Pogo” and threatened to sue the band for using his character’s name. Soon after Walt’s threat, Pogo became Poco.
So… hope we don’t get sued. “Live from the Troubadour in West Hollywood, it’s Pogo!!!”
We’ve dug into the Furay archives to bring up some photos, stories, articles… from the history of Richie’s career and everyone that was a part of it. The great archiver is the one and only “Kind Woman” herself. Let’s just say there is a ton of gems in this collection.
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This photo features Richie Furay and one of the great steel guitar players and musicians of all time. Of course it’s Rusty Young of Poco. The energy Richie and Rusty brought to the stage made you want to jump up and dance.
Well I’m goin’ to a Hoe Down
And kick up my heels
Go all night and never slow down
Yeah I love how it feels
Come on and go to the Hoe down
And kick up my heels
You go all night and never slow down
Bet you’ll love how it feels”
Lyrics from “Hoe Down” by Richie Furay & Rusty Young