Poco, Firefall, Manassas, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
In 1968, with Buffalo Springfield in disarray, Richie Furay and Jim Messina set about assembling a band of their own. They recruited pedal steel guitarist Rusty Young and drummer George Grantham from Böenzee Cryque, a Denver-based band. Poco made its reputation as a top-notch, exciting live act; following personnel changes, the band members—Furay, Young, Grantham, Timothy B. Schmit (later of the Eagles) and guitarist Paul Cotton—moved to Colorado in 1971. Furay wrote one of Poco’s most distinctive compositions, “A Good Feeling To Know,” before departing the band. Poco plugged on, cracking the top of the charts with Legend, its 12th studio album. Furay, Young, Cotton, and Grantham will perform at the CMHOF event.
The Boulder scene’s biggest success story, Firefall defined the “Colorado sound” of the 1970s. The group’s blend of acoustic guitars, mellow pop melodies and vocal harmonies landed six singles on the Top 40 from 1976 through 1981. Two Firefall songs—the Top 10 ”You Are the Woman” and “Just Remember I Love You”—have each been played on radio more than two million times. Firefall was founded by singer-songwriter Rick Roberts and former Zephyr guitarist Jock Bartley in the summer of 1974. The other charter members were Mark Andes (a founder of Spirit and Jo Jo Gunne), singer-songwriter Larry Burnett, multi-instrumentalist David Muse and the late Michael Clarke on drums. Bartley, Roberts, Andes, Burnett and Muse will perform at the CMHOF event.
Searching for some peace from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in 1970, Stephen Stills would fly to airports in Boulder County that were close to his cabin near the town of Gold Hill, where he posed for his first solo album cover photo. He wrote many of the songs for his second solo album that winter while in Colorado; he also named his publishing company after Gold Hill. Securing the services of Chris Hillman and members of his touring band, Stills visualized a group that would bring together rock, folk, Latin, country and blues. The amalgam of players, dubbed Manassas, disbanded after two albums (the first earning a gold record) and two years of road work. Recording sessions for Stills’ next two albums took place at Caribou Ranch in Colorado.
THE NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND
Straddling such diverse styles as rock, folk, country and bluegrass, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s move to Colorado from Los Angeles in 1971 contributed to its rise in stature, both commercially and creatively. Will The Circle Be Unbroken, the historic American music anthology, marked the acceptance of longhaired “hippie” types by country music establishment figures. In 1977, the pioneering Dirt Band became the first American group selected by the Soviet government to tour Russia. In the 1980s, the band made inroads into the contemporary country music world with a slew of Top 10 hits. The band continues to record and tour. Original members Jeff Hanna, John McEuen, Jimmie Fadden and “the new guy” Bob Carpenter (37 years) will perform at the CMHOF event.
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NIAGARA FALLS, NY – Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel regrets to announce that this Saturday’s show with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Richie Furay at the Bear Den’s Showroom is postponed. A rescheduled date for the show has been set for Friday, December 6, 2013, at 8 p.m.
Furay is arguably best known as the guitarist and vocalist for the classic rock bands Buffalo Springfield and Poco. He and his band are currently in Colorado and are unable to travel due to the ongoing massive storms and flooding. Guests wishing to attend the rescheduled December 6 performance simply need to keep their existing tickets. Refunds for tickets purchased at a Seneca Casino store must be returned to that specific location. Refunds for tickets purchased through Ticketmaster may be returned to any Ticketmaster location, online at Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000.
Please visit www.SenecaCasinos.com for more information.
The Americana Music Association’s Festival and Conference has revealed the full presenter and performer lineup for its 12th Annual Honors & Awards Show, presented by Nissan, which is set to take place on Wednesday, September 18 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
The event will include performances by Robert Hunter, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dr. John, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Richard Thompson, John Fullbright, Shovels & Rope, Milk Carton Kids, JD McPherson, Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, Holly Williams and Duane Eddy. Original Buffalo Springfield members Stephen Stills and Richard Furay will also come together to play the band’s iconic song “For What It’s Worth,” and third-generation musician Holly Williams will offer a tribute to her late grandfather Hank Williams Sr.
Richie and his band are finally making their way across the Pacific. Billboard Live Tokyo and Billboard Live Osaka will be hosting these events. A total of six shows will take place on mainland Japan where Richie will be sharing music from his entire career. Buffalo Springfield, Poco, SHF, and more…
Check out this list of songs that have the power to transport people to another time and place, setting off a flood of memories.
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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.
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by Terry Roland
Concert Review: The Richie Furay Band
BY TERRY ROLAND
The Richie Furay Band’s brief February tour through Southern California was important for this veteran country-rock artist. His last time around was with his old bandmates Neil Young and Stephen Stills on their long-awaited Buffalo Springfield reunion tour. While most of the audiences who attended the Springfield shows in California were familiar with Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills and Nash fame and the iconic Neil Young, fewer have had the chance to hear Furay in the years since the band’s demise. … Continue reading
During the Buffalo Springfield Reunion tour hiatus, Jeremy P. Meyer, of the Denver Post, took some time to catch up with Richie Furay. In a very candid and insightful article we get a snippet of Richie’s history spanning the past, present and a bit of the future. Richie is still trying to get settled back into the swing of normalcy again in Broomfield, CO after the epic Springfield trial run. The interview took place during an RFB rehearsal leading up to the band’s show at the Bluebird Theater.
Richie Furay could be the forgotten rock-’n'- roll pioneer.
The 67-year-old Broomfield pastor has roots deep in the annals of rock music — he is the co-founder of the seminal 1960s band Buffalo Springfield and is regarded as an architect of a genre that dominated the radio in the early 1970s.
But aside from rock historians and music geeks, few people know anything about Furay, whose own band has trouble booking shows in Colorado.
Inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, Furay doesn’t like to play up his accolades.
“Put me on the river, put me on the golf course, put me on the stage — I’m having fun,” he said recently, sitting in the office of his small church.
Furay’s relative anonymity is already changing, thanks to the reunion of Buffalo Springfield, the group he formed in 1966 with Stephen Stills, Neil Young and Bruce Palmer.
Although Buffalo Springfield disbanded after two years and three albums, critics for…