Richie Fury – Buffalo Springfield, Poco, Souther-Hillman-Furay Band – has released his latest solo album to celebrate his many years in the countryrock business, as well as 48 years of marriage to wife Nancy who appears with him on the album’s front cover in their wedding photo. Opening track We Were the Dreamers sets out that rejoicing stall with all the musical requisites perfectly in place [sweet harmonies, Country-inflected tune and rock guitars] and a punchy lyric about being at the forefront of the genre in those early days and doing it all for fun. I’ll happily accept that premise, and the next track Hand in Hand, written about Nancy, is a further generic gem to consolidate the musical promise.
It is an earnest album overall, reflecting at times his Christian commitments as a preacher, and also some twee patriotism in the track Don’t Tread on Me, a sentiment I accept as honest but find cloying in its clichés.
There is a bright version of his former hit Kind Woman – written for wife Nancy when playing with Buffalo Springfield but actually released with second band Poco [*] – and it features guest vocals from both Neil Young and Kenny Loggins. The album closes on Love at First Sight featuring Richie’s daughter Jesse Furay Lynch, a reprise of the song which is also the seventh track. You cannot knock the simple honesties in Furay’s love of family, country and other factors that make him feel so happy and content, though some may find it all a little too quaint.
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