Richie Furay is a pioneer of folk-rock and country rock music. He was a founder of Buffalo Springfield and Poco, bands whose recordings continue to influence both rock and country music today. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Furay is coauthor of For What It’s Worth: The Story of Buffalo Springfield. Today, he pastors a Calvary Chapel church in Colorado and continues to record and perform music. Married since 1967, he and his wife, Nancy, have four daughters and four grandchildren.
Pickin' Up the Pieces: The Heart and Soul of Country Rock Pioneer Richie Furayby Richie Furay, Michael Roberts
Later, when he started Buffalo Springfield with Neil Young and Stephen Stills, it seemed Furay’s destiny had finally arrived. Although the band recorded only three albums, it remains a touchstone of sixties rock music–
When a young Richie Furay moved to New York hoping to make it big in folk music, God wasn’t one of his concerns. But destiny was.
Later, when he started Buffalo Springfield with Neil Young and Stephen Stills, it seemed Furay’s destiny had finally arrived. Although the band recorded only three albums, it remains a touchstone of sixties rock music–with all five band members now enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Furay remained a musical pioneer, forming Poco and recording some of the first–and best–country rock music of the sixties and seventies. His work was a major influence on the Eagles and innumerable other bands. But he still had not found his destiny.
It wasn’t until his marriage almost disintegrated that Furay confronted his need for God. After co-founding two legendary bands and recording with a rock super-group, Richie Furay finally found his destiny. The long journey took him from sold-out arena concerts to the pulpit of a Colorado church, from rock royalty to the Rock of Ages.
Destiny is often found in the places where we’re not looking. As you follow the twists and turns in Richie Furay’s inspiring journey, you’ll gain fresh insight into your own.
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Would I like Richie Furay better if he was a self righteous drug addict with a string of broken relationships and felony charges in his resume? Well, maybe. As it is, Richie chose another path. Expect some self righteous “witnessing” regarding a definition of Christianity that you might find dismissive of your personal Christian and/or other views. But it’s the way pastor Richie rolls and it’s part of his story. He’s led an remarkable life and rubbed shoulders with a lot of interesting people. I’ve loved his music since I was around 15 years old. I thoroughly enjoyed this personal account of his life. And if you’ve read Keith Richard’s autobiography, this is maybe around a 4 out of 10 on that scale of self righteousness. I recommend.
A fascinating story about a fascinating person, thank you Richie for sharing! I had enjoyed the last book 'For What It's Worth, the Story of Buffalo Springfield' (Einarson/Furay)but felt there was more that I wanted to know. This is the life of Richie Furay. Although I was aware of the Au Go Go Singers, I had really followed his career from Buffalo Springfield to Poco, SHF, solo work and religious endeavors - greatly enjoying each of these. This is a love story (nearly 40 years for Richie & Nancy), a story of being in the band(s), of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and an uplifting, upbeat story of the road this man took to become a Pastor. It comes highly recommended. Both books available here.