An Evening with Richie Furay at The Grammy Museum

As part of the activity surrounding his latest solo release In The Country, Richie Furay stopped in to The Grammy Museum for some Q&A and several songs from his storied five decade career.

​There were s​ome great and unexpected references to Don Was, Elvis Costello (“I learned to play piano listening to Kind Woman”), Rick James and Glenn Frey. The latter clearly picked up a few ideas while sitting on the couch as the seeds of Poco were being planted

This writer doubts you have to scratch any of the Eagles too deep to get an admission that without ​Poco, Eagles would never have flown so high.

Most intriguing insight from the evening? Of all the songwriters with whom he worked, from whom did Furay say he learned the most?

Stephen Stills. 

The golden days of the music blossoming in Los Angeles from the late 60s through the mid 70s were described ​in various vignettes. 

​When he strapped on his guitar at The Grammy Museum, Furay’s voice was in impossibly great shape, and more than a few folks shivered appreciatively with classics like “On The Way Home.”

Furay’s delight in visiting contemporary country songs on the new album with producer Val (Kim Carnes, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Neil Diamond) Garay formed the bulk of the evening. It was solid evidence that the muse is still visiting Furay.​ 

Brad Auerbach has been a journalist and editor covering the media, entertainment, travel and technology scene for many years. He has written for Forbes, Time Out London, SPIN, Village Voice, LA Weekly and early in his career won a New York State College Journalism Award.