Jam, rehearse and perform live as Rock n Roll Fantasy Camp present British Iconic lead singer Roger Daltrey of The Who, guitar great Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction and Hall of Fame singer song writer Richie Furay of Buffalo Springfield to play with you live and in person January 23rd -27th, 2013.
THE BIRTHPLACE OF LES PAUL PICKED FOR NEXT GIBSON GUITARTOWN PROJECT
Waukesha is proud to announce that Gibson Guitar has chosen the birth and resting place of guitar legend Les Paul for its next acclaimed GuitarTown community arts project. In honor of the project, the Les Paul Trio will play with Buffalo Springfield music legend and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Richie Furay on the big main stage set up in downtown Waukesha. will feature 10-foot tall fiberglass Gibson Les Paul model guitars, and a series of regular size guitars, to be artistically designed by acclaimed Wisconsin visual artists and displayed in front of the city’s landmarks and businesses. Each guitar sculpture will celebrate a musician, personality or artist unique to the region’s history, with guitar sculptures sponsored by local businesses and individuals.
Richie and the Les Paul Trio will be performing on June 1st at 6:00 p.m. Get your tickets and information at Waukesha GuitarTown.
Pete Fornatale was my friend, and it is very hard to reconcile his passing although I know, as a pastor, death is a very real part of life. Even Jesus as He was preparing for the death He would go through at Calvary, prayed to the Father “if there’s any other way let this cup pass from Me. Nevertheless, not my will but Yours be done.” And so it is we all come to death’s door on this journey of life.
Pete and I met through music and I can say without any hesitation, because of him, Poco had an opportunity to be heard in the northeast. Pete loved music; he loved Poco and it meant so much for me to know that “someone got it” and wasn’t intimidated to say so when our music was first introduced. Our friendship would grow over the years and certainly a testimony to that is – he would write the liner notes to three albums I was a part of (two Poco albums and most recently my solo album called Alive). In addition to his radio shows, Pete and I did many things together. He was comfortable to be around I can say we sincerely enjoyed each other’s company. Pete could do an interview without you ever thinking you were doing one; it was just casual conversation – it was always comfortable around Pete. I would never come to NYC without hoping to see him. We had many good times together – and I’m very thankful for those special moments.
When I brought my RF band back to NYC after many years of being away the music scene – Pete introduced us on the stage at BB Kings; just a couple of years ago up at Bethel Woods we did a live interview together; and just six short months ago we were together for a concert in Short Hills where he shared from his book on Simon and Garfunkel. It’s hard to believe those days are forever a memory now – but they will always bring a tear of joy to my eyes – it was and is a good feeling to know Pete Fornatale – my friend.
PS Thanks to Claudia Upton for the photos I have with Pete.
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.
Richie and the Empty Pockets jamming out at the Spero house. Would of loved to listen to this stuff… Maybe someone recorded a bit. We will have to see when Richie gets back in town.
Here is a review by Thomas M. Kitts on the B. B. King’s November 11, 2011 show. Check it out and pass it on.
Thanks so much,
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.