Friday, November 24, 2006


Richie Furay

OK, some of us who're old enough to have grown up listening to Buffalo Springfield and Poco know Richie Furay. He disappeared from mainstream music in the mid-1970s, having found religion while playing with J.D. Souther and Chris Hillman in the excellent but unsuccessful Souther-Hillman-Furay Band (check out the album cover; I think it might just have been Chris Hillman's haircut that kept them from success), and he released a few Christian-themed albums.

Now, after some 30 years, he's back in the mainstream with "Heartbeat of Love", and it sounds like the old Richie — and yes, to some of us that's a good thing. It came out in July, but I only just heard about it a couple of weeks ago, when one of the local radio stations included a couple of tracks from it in a set of Springfield songs.

If you liked Richie Furay 35 years ago, check it out. And if you have no idea what I'm talking about, check it out too. What's to lose?

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