Richie lead Poco through six albums between 1969 and 1973, then left to form the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band. In 1976 he released I’ve Got a Reason, followed by 1978’s Dance a Little Light, then I Still Have Dreams (1979), and finally Seasons of Change in 1982. By ’83, Richie left the world of rock music and performing to become a full-time pastor of a small church in Colorado, where he continues to thrive almost 30 years later.
Despite being an important and influential singer-songwriter and a major part of three great bands —Buffalo Springfield, Poco, and Souther-Hilman-Furay—unfortunately none had commercial success during their heyday; Buffalo Springfield had only one hit, “For What It’s Worth.” Richie returned for occasional forays, participating in a Poco reunion with its original members for the album Legend in 1989 which yielded a successful single, “Call It Love.” There was also a long-awaited reunion of Buffalo Springfield in 2010 and shows in 2011. Most recently (2016) Richie was back with his album Hand In Hand which debuted at #1 on Amazon Music Charts to rave reviews.
This performance at My Father’s Place in 1976 is Richie Furay enjoying his new found independence and surge of creativity on his own terms.
What a fun time to reflect on a concert so many years ago. I remember the quaint little town of Roslyn, NY out on Long Island as being one of the hippest places to have on the concert tour itinerary back in the day (1976-1978). They always were connected to a local FM radio station WLIR and the shows were broadcast live which always added to the excitment of playing there. I know for me it was a transition time as I was leading my own band for the first time having just left Souther-Hillman-Furay a couple of years earlier.
I had put together a great live band that was able to play all of my music as if it was their own. As you listen to this recording you’ll hear what I mean. This band was a step along the way to what my current RFB Band is all about and I’m grateful for their dedication and commitment to me and my music at this time in my life. I hope you enjoy this release. Let me know what you think - www.richiefuray.com or you can find me on FaceBook.