On his exhilarating new studio album, In The Country, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Richie Furay shares this deep musical affection through his distinctive interpretations of iconic country tunes.
Furay has filled In The Country, his first studio album in seven years, with songs that he has loved and admired over the years. The twelve-song set features his masterful versions of such chart-topping country classics as “The River” (Garth Brooks), “I’m In A Hurry And I Don’t Know Why” (Alabama), and “I Hope You Dance” (Lee Ann Womack). Also included are the crossover hits “Take Me Home, Country Roads” (John Denver) and “Walking In Memphis” (Marc Cohn), as well as Ricky Nelson’s 1958 smash, “Lonesome Town,” and the Julie Miller-penned Americana gem “Chalk.” Plus, there are two exclusive digital bonus tracks - Furay’s new rendition of Poco’s signature song “Pickin’ Up The Pieces” and George Strait’s hit, “I Cross My Heart.” In The Country’s first single and lead track, “Somebody Like You” (Keith Urban), showcases Furay’s wonderfully sublime vocals supported by a blistering guitar, plaintive pedal steel, and sweet, twangy harmonies.
Furay notes, “I have always loved country music. The idea of putting it together with rock & roll with a steel guitar seemed like a natural back at my start right up to now.”
Marrying rock & roll with country music has been the lifeblood of Richie Furay, who was instrumental in creating the country-rock genre as a founding member of Buffalo Springfield and Poco. To bring this dream project together, Furay teamed with his old pal, Grammy Award winning producer Val Garay (Linda Ronstadt, Kim Carnes, James Taylor), and recorded at Nashville’s legendary Blackbird Studio. Garay assembled a group of stellar Nashville session musicians: drummer Victor Indrizzo, bassist Glenn Worf, keyboardist Steven Jay Nathan, pedal steel player Dan Dugmore, and guitarists Tom Bukovac and Chris Leuzinger.
Special guest appearances include John Berry, who duets with Furay on his hit “Your Love Amazes Me,” while country superstar Vince Gill joins Furay on “Lonesome Town.” In The Country also features Jason Scheff (Chicago) and Furay’s fellow Poco alum and Eagles bassist/vocalist Timothy B. Schmit.
After an astonishing 60-year career in music that included pivotal positions in Buffalo Springfield, Poco, the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, as well as several solo albums, Richie Furay feels In The Country represents something particularly special. “I believe that there is always a reason for everything,” he confides. “And I believe that the timing for this record is going to be so refreshing for so many people who have struggled so much with what we’ve gone through that it’s going to be a breath of fresh air for everybody.”