At their shows this week in South Orange and Bordentown, Richie Furay — co-founder of the pioneering country-rock band Poco as well as a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer as a member of Buffalo Springfield — and his band will play the 1971 Poco concert album DeLIVErin’ in its entirety.
There is about 40 minutes of music on DeLIVErin’, so a good portion of the concerts, of course, will be devoted to other things.
” ‘Good Feelin’ to Know’ (the Poco song) wasn’t on DeLIVErin’, and we’ll be playing that song,” Richie Furay told the “Morning Dew” show of WBAI (99.5 FM, New York) in an interview that can be heard in its entirety, below. “I’ll be playing, probably, a lot more songs from … you know, just to take a little bit from Buffalo Springfield, a little bit from my solo, most recent recordings. DeLIVErin’ will be focused really, on that era when we recorded that album, so they’ll be getting a lot of Poco, but everything will be definitely addressed during the concert.”
The show should also include something from Furay’s days with the ’70s group, the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, also featuring Chris Hillman (co-founder of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers) and J.D. Souther.
“Sure, we’ll have something in there,” Furay said. “I’m not sure what it will be. ‘Fallin’ in Love’ … something, maybe, I don’t know.”
Furay, 74, said he recently retired from being pastor of Calvary Chapel Church in Broomfield, Colo.; he had held that job since 1983.
“I’m focusing more on the music, and other parts of my life,” he said. “Nancy and I, who have been married for 51 years, we’re just kind of taking each other in and focusing on one another.
“You know, my life’s been an interesting ride. Pastoring that church for 35, and now stepping away from it, and all, it’s been really neat. But you know, the music that I’ve written over the years, even on the devotional CDs, In My Father’s House (1997) and I Am Sure (2005), they’re all relationship songs. Some of them are focused on The Lord; and some of them are focused on my family, and my wife, and my friends. Sometimes you can’t even tell who I’m talking to, or what I’m talking about. You can apply that to yourself, and I just want people to do that with all of my songs.”
The Richie Furay Band will perform at the South Orange Performing Arts Center, June 13 at 7:30 p.m. (visit sopacnow.org) and The Record Collector in Bordentown, June 14 at 8 p.m. (visit the-record-collector.com). They will also be at the Turning Point in Piermont, N.Y., June 15 at 8:30 p.m. (visit turningpointcafe.com).
You can listen to the entire WBAI interview here:
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I saw Richie launch this tour in Colorado and was really entertaining. He’s a very kind man.