November-December 2007

RICHIE FURAY RETURNS TO RE-CLAIM HIS FAME WITH HEARTBEAT OF LOVE

By Terry Roland

richie_0107lead.jpgOn first listen to Richie Furay's latest CD, Heartbeat of Love, one may have a hard time hearing his folk influences. As co-founder of the legendary Buffalo Springfield and country-rock pioneers Poco, he is no stranger to originality, innovation and the marriage between traditional and contemporary music. One of the many innovations of his first mainstream release in 25 years is the layer of styles that he has successfully integrated. As in the past, he has provided an innovation of country and rock roots into an original contemporary sound.

The influence of folk music on Richie's music should come as no surprise for those who know his story. He began playing Kingston Trio influenced music in the early 60's in his hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio. From these roots he graduated to the basket houses of Greenwich Village following in the footsteps of artists like Bob Dylan and Tom Paxton. Richie's musical odyssey in NYC included the formation of the Au Go-Go Singers which included a young Stephen Stills. The Au Go-Go singers were an attempt to follow the success of the New Christy Minstrels. They performed Civil War songs and traditional folk songs with a contemporary flair. The group completed one album before disbanding

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