Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer Richie Furay Goes Country With Covers Album


by Cindy Watts

11h ago

Richie Furay spent six decades building a rock ‘n roll career that earned him a place in the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame. Now 78 years old, he turns to country music.

Furay is best known as a founding member of Buffalo Springfield, and his friend and producer Val Garay approached him with the idea of ​​a country blanket project. Furay wasn’t sure, but when the men listed their song ideas for potential inclusion, the same song topped both of their lists – “Your Love Amazes Me” by John Berry.
“I knew we were on to something and we could move forward,” Furay said. “From there, we went ahead and picked songs that had really touched my heart in some way.”
Furay’s 12-song album “In the Country” is out now and features native Ohio cover songs by Keith Urban, Lonestar, Lee Ann Womack, Alabama, Garth Brooks and more.

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“They were just songs that held special meaning to me,” Furay said. “I thought, ‘I’ll try.’ It was kind of a challenge just because these are all familiar songs to people, and they know they know the originals. We didn’t want to do karaoke. We wanted to make them ours. But I think we did a good job. It was very fun.”

Furay said he chose “Your Love Amazes Me” because it was one of the songs that was popular when he was first introduced to “Nashville country.” He remembers he was fishing in Montana when the song played on the radio, and while he was driving the reception was intermittent. But, he was captivated by Barry’s voice.

When Furay returned home, he called the radio station to request the song – something he had never done before. Then he went out and bought the album.

“I’ve loved the song ever since,” he said. “This song is so simple and simplistic in its lyrics, yet it’s so deep.”

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Furay’s father first introduced him to country radio as a child. The singer liked the openness of the genre’s songs and the power of the artists and players. Rock ‘N Roll caught Furay’s ear soon after, and his professional path was set.

In the late 1960s, Furay started his band Poco, which he says is one of the founders of the country-rock subgenre. Given that experience, he said, a country cover album is squarely within his purview.

“I just hope people listen to the lyrics, listen to the songs and enjoy them,” he says of the album. “I hope there are no comparisons. I’m not looking to be compared to Keith Urban’s “Somebody Like You”. I mean, this guy is a big star, and I just cover songs that I really like. I hope people can really hang on and identify with the music. I just created my own little playlist. You know, that’s what you’re doing today.

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