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Steve Lukather and Joe Williams Get By With A Little Help From Their Friends

Posted June 2021

Photo taken in Los Angeles on 09/04/20.Long-time readers/listeners/viewers of Boomerocity already know that I’ve developed a good relationship with the good guys in Toto beginning with my first interview with Steve Lukather back in 2013 (here). That interview was followed by five more interviews (six in total). That sixth interview coincided with my first interview with lead singer, Joseph Williams (here).

The band has historically gone through personnel changes and experienced some tough challenges over the years. The current configuration of the band shows once again their innate survival skills as well as the continued respect they command from the best musicians in the business. The current band make-up consists of:

  • John Pierce (Bass, formerly with Huey Lewis and the News)
  • Robert “Sput” Searight (Drums, formerly with Ghost-Note and Snarky Puppy)
  • Steve Maggiora (Keys & Vocals, formerly with Robert Jon & The Wreck)'
  • Dominique “Xavier” Taplin (Keys, formerly with Prince, Ghost-Note)
  • Warren Ham (Keys and multi-instrumentalist / vocalist, also currently with Ringo Starr)

I’ve posted a couple of videos from the new CD/DVD to give you a taste of what’s to come. As with anything that Toto does, it exudes musical excellence and a freshness that makes the band feel the excitement of their early days.

The interview video is below. Check it out. Tell your friends about it and then, order the album/DVD by clicking on the album cover on this page. Below the interview is the official press release about “With A Little Help From My Friends”.

Also, be sure to sign up for the band’s mailing list by visiting their website, TotoOfficial.com.

 

The Boomerocity Interview With Steve Lukather & Joseph Williams

 

 

TOTO AND THE PLAYERS CLUB / MASCOT LABEL GROUP ANNOUNCE GLOBAL RELEASE OF
WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS ON JUNE 25

Toto With A Little Help By My Friends CoverClick Above To Order Your CopyLos Angeles, CA --- TOTO and The Players Club / Mascot Label Group have announced the global release of With A Little Help From My Friends on June 25. The performance captures one special night on November 21, 2020 when Steve Lukather, Joseph Williams and David Paich appeared with the new line-up of Toto for a global event originating from Los Angeles, CA. Joining Lukather, Williams and Paich for this next chapter in their indelible history are new band members bassist John Pierce (Huey Lewis and The News), drummer Robert “Sput” Searight (Ghost-Note / Snarky Puppy), and keyboardist / background vocalist Steve Maggiora (Robert Jon & The Wreck). Keyboardist Dominique “Xavier” Taplin (Prince, Ghost-Note) and multi-instrumentalist / vocalist Warren Ham (Ringo Starr) segued over continuing their tenure in the ensemble. This marks the fifteenth incarnation of the Toto line-up in consideration of band members or sidemen who joined or exited. 

Alongside LP pressings of the audio only, both a CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray package are available. The track listing features “Till The End,” “Hold The Line,” “Pamela,” “Kingdom of Desire,” “White Sister,” “You Are The Flower,” “I Won’t Hold You Back,” “Stop Loving You,” “Home Of The Brave,” “Rosanna,” and “With A Little Help From My Friends.” In the DVD and Blu-ray releases, a documentary is featured alongside the performance, featuring thoughts from all members of the band that appeared that evening.

Steve Lukather a.k.a. Luke shares, “When the music is performed by great musicians it honors Toto. The documentary featured on the DVD offers great insights in to our thoughts looking forward. David, who stands with us, alongside Joe and myself, desire to keep this music alive. And Paich could pop in any time for a show as a special surprise. When it came to plan this specific set list, we picked an eclectic group of songs for this one night only show. Looking forward, we’ll be selecting a broader mix from the Toto catalog that includes deep cuts, the hits, and tunes from Joe and my recently released solo albums. Both of us could not be more thrilled with the global response to these records. They charted all over the world, and integrating some of the music in to the new Toto set brings a fresh spice to the Toto: The Dogz of Oz World Tour when we head back out to begin staging shows. Simply, both of us aim to bring the past Toto to the present and beyond, and this first look at the new line-up sets the stage for a chapter in our history we can’t wait to write.”

Joe Williams offers, “It’s always a complete joy to perform a Toto show, but this one was special. Joining me, Luke and David last November were three new top level, virtuoso musicians as well as a few returning geniuses. The show itself was born out of the need to play after being on Covid lockdown, but also served as the reason to build this new band. Right out of the gate this group gelled and dug deep into the new and old Toto material. Among some of the deeper cuts is one of my all-time favorite songs, ‘You Are The Flower’ by the original - Bobby Kimball. Being a massive fan (and a good friend), I dedicate the performance to him. Also back are a few of my favorite things, ‘Till The End’ and ‘Pamela.’ Played to perfection by the new cats. I have the best job in the band because when I’m not singing, I get to watch the most incredible players work! The Toto model holds strong and true. A band of the very best musicians and singers writing and performing all manner of cool songs. That’s how it began, and that’s how it continues.” He continues, “This documentary explores that concept by talking with David, Luke, Warren, Dominic X, John Pierce, Robert ‘Sput’ Searight, and Steve Maggiora about their experiences as players, and also about being a part of the Toto legacy. And, of course discussion about the show as well. I think I’m in there too, saying how much I love these guys! Soon we’ll to get back out to you, on stage, in the flesh expanding our set with some even deeper ‘legacy’ cuts as well as some new stuff from Luke’s and my new records. We can’t wait! In the meantime, enjoy a little Toto history and current events. Xo Joe.”

Luke and Joseph Williams are life-long friends since they were kids, and bandmates sharing a deep colorful history that has thrived professionally on a global basis over the past decades. In front of staging this one night only appearance during the global pandemic, Luke offered, “We could not be more at peace with this move. There is a refreshing, optimistic enthusiasm to step in to the future. At this moment, Joe and I are the only long-tenured members of the band that want to be on the road continuing to bring music to our multi-generational fan base. I’ve spent almost four and a half decades of my life as the only original member who never missed a show or an album nurturing this legacy while enabling the music to continually exist in the live concert setting. That is something I’ll never stop doing, and when we inevitably return to the road it presents a rare opportunity to reimagine our personal futures while simultaneously preserving the deep connection that exists with the audience while likewise yielding continual discovery.” Williams shared, “Luke and I have been through a lot with one another. He’s like a brother to me. Our creative partnership has always enriched our lives. As we look towards what’s to come in unison, there is nothing but anticipation to bring everything in our minds to life. I can’t think of anyone else on Earth I’d rather launch the next chapter with than with this lifelong, loyal and gifted friend and band mate. We’re the last men standing…The Dogz of Oz!” Luke adds, “Joe and I have been friends since I was 17, and Joe was 14. During the course of this pandemic, we’ve been reevaluating our career and how to move forward. People are either not with us anymore or have retired. We still feel like kids who want to be back on the road as soon as possible. It’s where we live. Joe’s growth as a producer, songwriter, engineer, singer and performer is inspiring. The timing of this move is perfect as Joe is at the top of his game, and he amazes me every day. We are enjoying this collaboration, and could not be more enthusiastic about the future.”

With A Little Help From My Friends was Produced by Joseph Williams, who also edited the accompanying long-form video. The band’s long-time front of house engineer Ken Freeman mixed and captured the sound that evening.

Arielle Talks About Being An Analog Girl In A Digital World

Posted June 2021

Arielle 001There are those who assume that because I get to chat to everyone, I get to chat with that I’m keenly aware of everyone in the music business.

I’m not. I’m human.

When I learn of someone who I feel that I should’ve already heard about, I tend to feel a bit more stupid. Such is the case with Arielle. I feel as though I should’ve have been aware of this woman’s talents from the git go. And while I’m both embarrassed and disappointed in myself for being late to the Arielle party, I’m glad that I at least made it.

Arielle is a phenomenal talent. Seriously. She’s a great guitarist, songwriter, and performer. When I learned about Arielle’s work, I jumped at the chance to interview her and, long story short: I’m now a fan and look forward to a lot more from her, musically.

According to her publicist, “Arielle is a young woman who was born in the wrong generation. At times facing depression in being a child of the new millennium versus the boom of musically creativity that emerged in the Sixties and thrived through the Seventies. And on a broader basis, a time even earlier where things were done by hand, with a level of craft that couldn’t be hidden behind technology. She offers, ‘I take and protect those principles inside my music.’

“And by extension she now looks towards finally presenting the guitar she’s been creating in partnership with Brian May for many years. The instrument is a hybrid of Arielle’s guitar and Brian’s core design that the duo collaborated on with one another. Arielle shares, ‘I’ve been playing my primary instrument for the last fourteen years.’ For more detail on that endeavor and plans for the release visit brianmayguitars.co.uk. As she shares, ‘For the first 25 guitars sold, I will plant a tree. I have been growing trees in my office for about 3 months now starting from a seed. These are tone wood trees. The very trees we musicians cut down for our guitars that sometimes take 60-100 years to reach maturity. I purchased an empty lot and will be planting these in Florida, so that in a few decades, they will be here protected, seen & admired. Once you break something down to its essence, it's a lot easier to respect. Perhaps it’s the only way to analoggirlcoverClick Above To Order Your Copytruly understand something. After seeing how hard it is to even grow a tree seedling...I respect guitars a lot more now. How much time went into that life before it was cut down. Pretty amazing. I want that essence in the music. Nature, Heart, Analog. Soul. Care. Love. Honesty. Flaws. Yet, still magic (which I spell with a K). A portion of the proceeds from these four livestream events is earmarked to support this endeavor.’

Please closely watch this interview and then visit her website and order her work. You won’t regret it.

Below the Boomerocity interview with Arielle (below) is a press release for some of the livestreaming shows she has scheduled as well as information for her new album, Analog Girl In A Digital World, related website links and her social media links. I encourage you to sign up for one or more of the livestreams. You won’t be at all disappointed.

The Boomerocity Interview With Arielle

 

 

 

Arielle's Press Release

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ARIELLE RELEASES SECOND INSTANT GRATIFICATION TRACK
“INSIDE & OUTSIDE” IN FRONT OF MAY 7 RELEASE OF NEW
STUDIO ALBUM ANALOG GIRL IN A DIGITAL WORLD


FOUR LIVESTREAM APPEARANCES PLANNED FOR MAY 13, JUNE 17, JULY 22, AND AUGUST 19
FOR TICKETS, BUNDLES AND MORE:
https://imarielle.com/ OR www.noonchorus.com/arielle 

Arielle has released a second instant gratification track titled “Inside & Outside” from her new studio album Analog Girl In A Digital World. The accompanying music video can be screened via the video insert at the top of this page.

She shares, “When I was recording the entire Analog Girl In A Digital World Album, I thought this song was the closest in sound and production that I got to what my goal was in my head. Fleetwood Mac Rumours meets...something new. The song is truly about finding balance between the external, dense physical world we live in, as well as countering it with the spiritual and emotional connection of love and real synergy." Prior, the lead track “Peace of Mind” presented imagery captured in the studio which can be seen to the right, as well.

Four livestream performances are planned in the coming months. The first, which will be exhibited on May 13 will capture Arielle performing the new album in its entirety. The second, planned for broadcast on June 17 will feature her last studio album Suspension / Dimension played from first note to last. The third which is scheduled for July 22 will present a set curated by Arielle featuring person favorites culled from her repertoire. The final livestream will be staged on August 19, presenting the artist performing with scaled back accompaniment. Arielle offers, “For the first two streams, we chose to perform ANALOG GIRL IN A DIGITAL WORLD as well as SUSPENSION/DIMENSION front to back. Since touring is out of the question, making sure that people could experience these albums the way they were intended meant a lot to me. Both of these albums feature a succinct story from beginning to end. Within the livestreams, I will be speaking about the meaning of the songs, and some of their deeper history to take people on a journey that has yet to be told about both of these albums, maybe even beyond what I could do live.” Each event will broadcast at 8PM local time in the U.K. and Eastern Standard.

There is something magical that surrounds Arielle’s presence whether in the flesh or as captured on the masters she’s created throughout her career. Her love of the Arts was omnipresent in her life from the age of five, but the realized vision truly began to reach the ears, hearts, and souls of a global audience when she began releasing repertoire independently in 2015. In some respects, she is from a past era, down to earth while connected to the discovery, exploration and dreams that were omnipresent in the lives of those from previous generations. On this new collection of songs, she has never been truer to her love of the 60’s and 70’s, and the inspiration that lives in her art from a connection to this wondrous time. When asked how she hopes people perceive her and her art, she shares, “Like the little place in the forest you go when you need some time to just breathe...it reminds you of home and makes you feel safe but brings you a bit of magic. And every time you go there, it comes back and stays with you for a while.”

With Analog Girl In A Digital World, Arielle set out to capture a current glimpse of the impact the music and feelings the Sixties and Seventies have indelibly left within her. The album was recorded half in analogue, half in digital, utilizing three separate studios. These were Welcome To 1979 in Nashville (a facility that truly provides artists with a pure solution to record to tape), Michael Wagner’s studio Wireworld also in Nashville, and The Bubble in Austin, TX. Arielle has shared track by track insights which can be accessed here: imarielle.com/analogpress

Arielle’s Websites and Social Media Links
https://imarielle.com/
https://www.facebook.com/the.official.arielle
https://www.youtube.com/officialarielle
https://twitter.com/Arielleofficial
https://www.instagram.com/officialarielle/
https://shop.brianmayguitars.co.uk

ABOUT THE TONEWOOD FOREST
The Tonewood Forest was founded in 2020, and is a nonprofit dedicated to growing, planting and maintaining tree species specifically harvested for musical instruments, known as “tonewood” trees. These include mahogany, ebony, rosewood, koa, alder, birch and other endangered species of trees due to overharvesting. Plots of land have been purchased worldwide to have each of these species grow in their native environment, adding to the wildlife preservation and education.

Patti Parks Sings From A Whole Nother World

Posted May 2021

PattiParksThe odds are pretty good that you haven’t heard of her. I admit that I hadn’t of her until recently when I received information about her new album, “Whole Nother World”, from her publicist. Patti’s original album, “Cheat’n Man,” continues to have radio play all over the world including Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the United States. Patti has gotten outstanding reviews from famous Blues Music Magazines such as “Blues Blast Magazine,” several live interviews from Belgium’s own Purple Haze Radio Show to Rambling Night Blues in Little Rock, Arkansas.

“Whole Nother World” was recorded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and released on Booga Records/Vizztone. American Bluesman Kenny Neal signed Ms. Parks to his own label and produced, arranged and performed on this eclectic gem. The album debuts this month. You really should check it out. A riveting live performer, Patti has a soulful, sensual voice that does immense justice to her uplifting blend of Chicago blues, Memphis soul and tasty funk.


Patti has performed in many major festivals including the Blues 'n March Festival, Ellicottville Blues Festival, Niagara Thunder, Kalamazoo Music Festival, Blues in the Valley, Wellsville Creative Art Center, Curtains Up, Crystal Beach Concert Series in Canada, the M&T Bank Concert Series, Taste of Buffalo, Buffalo Canal Fest, the Niagara University Concert Series, Northeast Jazz Festival and National Women in the Blues Showcase. She has also performed at numerous blues & music festivals and clubs throughout the country including the Blues 'n March Festival, Ellicottville Blues Festival, Niagara Thunder, Kalamazoo Music Festival, Blues in the Valley, Crystal Beach Concert Series in Canada, the Northeast Jazz Festival and National Women in the Blues Showcase, among many others. Oh, and Patti has performed at famous venues as the Funky Biscuit, Ground Zero, Time Out Pub, as well as BB Kings and Rum Boogie.

As if all of that isn’t impressive enough, I should add that Patti is also a working nurse and creator of the Nurs’n Blues education program, which she developed to help high risk children at drug rehab centers.

After watching this fun interview with Patti, share this link with your friends who are blues fans. Second, order “Whole Nother World” by clicking on the album cover on this page. Third, keep up with the latest on Patti by visiting her website, ThePattiParksBand.com. You can even see if she’s playing in a town or burg near you. If so, go see and tell her Boomerocity sent you!

The Boomerocity Interview With Patti Parks

Allie Colleen's Got Some "Stones"

June 2021

 

Allie Colleen Photo Credit Victoria Roth 1.bPhoto Credit Victoria RothI’ve said these two comments before and I’m saying it again:


It’s always an honor when an artist will sit for an interview with me. It’s even a bigger honor when they sit for more interviews afterward. This certainly holds true with Allie Colleen. With the announcement of her new album finally dropping, she was kind enough to join me on a call to chat about it.


Please watch this video. After you’ve finished watching it, I’d appreciate it if you told others about it. Allie really is a phenomenal up-and-coming artist who you’ll want to follow from here on out.


Below the interview video, I’ve shared the press release for “Stones” that covers some of the little things we didn’t discuss during our chat.


The Boomerocity Interview With Allie Colleen

 

“Stones” Press Release

Stones Cover ReducedIndependent Singer/Songwriter, Allie Colleen, has released the second digital single, “Don’t Give Your Heart To A Cowboy,” off her well-received debut album STONES to all music platforms for streaming and download. The spirited tune, co-written by Eric Dodd and Allie Colleen, is available on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube Music, Pandora and more platforms here.

“It's all in the lyrics ladies… don’t do it. Cowboys, they have been the coolest thing since forever. Men that smell like leather, horses, and tobacco. Well ladies, I am here to tell you that is what heartache smells like. Flirt with them, dance with them, drink with them, hell - kiss’em if you want, but don’t give your heart to a cowboy,” stated Allie Colleen.

"Allie came over to the house for our writer session, and she said she wanted to write a cowboy song. She shared a cool story with me about someone told her that went something like, "Those cowboys are dangerous when it comes to your heart...they'll leave their leaving boots on your front porch," and that line or quote stuck with me and the last part made it in the chorus of the song," shared Eric Dodd. "I was hooked when she told me that story. When we finished this one, Allie and I knew we had something special. We felt like we really painted the picture of that warning about what a cowboy can do to a girl's heart. There is something so bittersweet and nostalgic in this one, and it's one of my favorites I have ever been a part of."

“... Ever since the wind, came rolling in, from the East
To a one horse town, spurs on the ground, silver screen
From that first tip of a hat, girls like me got it bad
That grit drives you wild, he’ll rope you with his smile
Back then I wish I knew
not all dreams come true

Yeah, He’ll spin you around that sawdust floor
Yeah, He’ll hold your hand out those double doors
He smells sweet like wintergreen with lips that taste like whiskey
He’ll leave his leavin’ boots on your front porch
Don’t Give Your Heart To A Cowboy …”

STONES was co-produced by Joe Costa, Joe Costa Productions and Ben Watts, Lore Entertainment, and recorded at Allentown Recording Studio in Nashville. Physical copies of the highly anticipated debut album STONES are available for purchase online at alliecolleenmusic.com and will be available Nov. 19 on all digital music platforms.

"Allie Colleen delivers the goods on her debut album. From moments of angsty blues to soulful ballads and classic country. Allie does it all with raw, heartfelt lyrics and an honest vocal delivery,” added Co-producer, Ben Watts. “It was a pleasure to play a part in the creation of this project. I'm sure she's set for a bright journey ahead!"

Allie Colleen Tour Dates:
5-21-21 - Rava Wines - Paso Robles, CA
5-23-21 - Bertelsen Winery - Mt. Vernon, WA
5-28-21 - Riverpark Center – Owensboro, KY
6-11-21 - Comstock Festival - Comstock, NE
7-17-21 - Valley View Campground - Belmont, OH
7-31-21 - Farley Fest – Milbank, SD w/ Casey Donahew
8-06-21 - Franklin Theatre – Franklin, TN
8-15-21 - Washington County Fair - Richmond, RI
8-19-21 - Battery Park At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino -Sioux City, IA
8-20-21 - The Rust Belt - East Moline, IL
8-21-21 - Riverbend RV Resort - Watertown, WI w/ Love & Theft
8-22-21 - JR's Southpork Ranch - Iowa State Fair - Des Moines, IA
9-11-21 - Red Hill Cutlery - Radcliff, KY
9-16-21 - Nancy Howe Auditorium - David Howe A. Library - Wellsville, NY
9-18-21 - Fall Heritage Festival - Cowan, TN w/ JD Shelburne

Stay current with everything Allie Colleen on her website: alliecolleenmusic.com. Follow Allie Colleen on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and subscribe to her YouTube Channel for the latest videos.

Music is available on all digital platforms Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, YouTube Music and Amazon Music.

About Allie Colleen
A Belmont University graduate from Owasso, Oklahoma with a style that is truly her own, Allie Colleen is no stranger to the music industry. A passion for singing and songwriting since a young age has garnered her a reputation of being a notable songwriter with an iconic-sounding voice. Her impeccably strong voice with hints of timeless tradition falls between classic country and the emerging country sound. The room never fails to silence as Allie Colleen begins to sing about the layers of love and heartbreak that have shaped her. Some of her newest songs bring witty lyrics and a connection to the song unlike most today. One of her original songs, Close Enough, gained nearly more than 715k views on YouTube. Her social media following has continued to increase every year. Her passionate drive and innovative vision set her apart from her peers resulting in here music and videos going viral on the internet – even capturing the attention of well-known radio show host Bobby Bones – proving that her audience is captive and waiting for her next song. Persistently working to hone her skills along-side industry professionals and performing at venues both around Nashville and national venues garners Allie Colleen a growing fan base. Allie Colleen’s debut single, “Work In Progress” defines the life that’s shaped her with personal lyrics and transparency in both the vocals and delivery. “Work in Progress” is a sweet sentiment regarding her introduction to the Music Industry co-written with hit songwriter Marcus Hummon and well-known studio engineer Greg Beick. Her debut single released in early July and followed by "Along The Way.” Her release of her concept project of “Best Friend” and “Road You Take” shared her journey and the story of a broken friendship along with healing a broken heart. Her first radio single “Ain’t The Only Hell (My Momma Raised)” broke through top #30 on Music Row Breakout Chart 1landed at #9 on CDX TRACtion True Indie Chart and made a debut at #74 CDX TRACtion Mainstream Country.

Richie Furay Deliverin' Again

Posted May 2021

richie furay for what its worth croppedIt’s always a compliment and a pleasure when one of the icons of our youth allows themselves to be interviewed by Boomerocity. How much more so it is when they sit with us more than once!

Such is the case with former Poco and Buffalo Springfield member (as well as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee), Richie Furay. Boomerocity interviewed Furay once before six years ago (here). I follow Richie on social media and saw that he had a new CD/DVD set available and was raising money for a documentary. My Spidey senses told me that it was high time to chat with the Hall of Famer again, so I reached out to him, and he quickly agreed to an interview.

As you will see in the video, the conversation is laid back and easy. Richie is very approachable in person, on social media, and in interviews and is a wealth of information. While it’s one thing for me to say what a great guy Richie is, here are some quotes by others that I “borrowed” from his website:

Richie’s gift never left the fans or fellow musicians’ hearts. He is on the short list of guys that true musicians admire and follow, year after year.

  • Cameron Crowe – American director, producer, screenwriter, journalist, author & actor

It has been a rare pleasure to be able to call Richie Furay a friend after so many years. Like so many music lovers, I became aware of his work with Buffalo Springfield as a teenager in London in the late 60's and have been a fan ever since. Over the years he has added much to my musical experience via his work with Poco, Souther-Hillman-Furay and more recently The Richie Furay Band.  

Our band, America, was heavily influenced by the writing and arranging style of Richie and these artists in our early days and when we first returned to the U.S. in 1972, it was a thrill to be touring with Souther-Hillman-Furay within a short time! He’s a great songwriter and has a beautiful voice....and a big smile! As a person Richie has always been an open and generous human being sharing the joy of making music with everyone...long may he run!

  • Dewey Bunnell / Member of the group AMERICA

Throughout the formative years of our group America, the songs and voice of Richie Furay were a constant inspiration. With both the Buffalo Springfield and Poco albums, Richie was in “heavy rotation” in our world and remains so to this day.

  • Gerry Beckley, Member of the group AMERICA

Richie Furay really took me to another level. Richie mentored me. I watched how he worked as a songwriter and a singer and a performer.... and I really learned a lot just by being around him. I consider him one of my best friends, on many levels.

  • Timothy B. Schmit / Bassist, The Eagles


Richie Furay deserves his place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His contribution to American music is truly appreciated by his millions of fans.

  • Graham Nash / Singer, Songwriter of Crosby, Stills & Nash

Richie and I shared many wonderful times along the road to our collective and individual successes. "Kind Woman” and “Child's Claim to Fame” are the two songs Richie wrote during our times together with the Springfield, that still inspire me to this day. Enough so for me to sing and perform them in my set each night. My way of paying tribute to Richie as a writer and a warm reminder of the creativity we once shared together.
Richie was my best man at my wedding, which should tell you something about how I appreciated his talent and friendship. It was Richie and his wife Nancy who inspired me as a young man of 20 years of age, to seek out a loving and meaningful person to share my life with. Richie and Nancy's solid commitment to one another continued to inspire me for many years to come.

  • Jim Messina / Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Producer of POCO, Loggins & Messina


Richie Furay, one of the most talented people I have had the pleasure of working with over the years. As a singer/songwriter/musician he has blessed us all with his beautiful music for five decades. As a man he carries in his heart an unshakable love for Jesus Christ and a faith so strong that we can only hope to achieve. I love you Richie, you are a true blessing in my life.

  • Chris Hillman / Singer, Songwriter of The Byrds, Desert Rose Band, Souther-Hillman-Furay


Richie Furay was a pioneer of folk-rock, country-rock and soft-rock in southern California.

  • Roger McGuinn / Lead Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist of The Byrds

So, in case you are wondering why I am always so stoked to chat with Richie, you can see from the quotes of the dignitaries, above, that I am in excellent company (and there are many more quotes like those on Richie's website so be sure to check them out!).

As you will see in the interview (below), we talk a lot about the live recording at the Troubadour titled, “Richie Furay: Return To The Troubadour. It’s an amazing recording (both CD and DVD) and I strongly encourage you to order the set for your own library as well as some for gifts for the music fans in your life. You can do so by visiting RichieFuray.com. Some of the proceeds will go towards funding a documentary on Richie titled, “Through It All: The Life and Influence of Richie Furay”. Below the interview video is what his website says about the film. Please be sure to check it out.

The Boomerocity Interview With Richie Furay

 

ABOUT THIS FILM


Using a blend of interviews, rare photos & video clips, vintage recordings, and present-day footage, Through It All: The Life and Influence of Richie Furay is the untold story of a living legend. Widespread commercial and financial success evaded Richie, all while many other musicians he played with or influenced experienced hit songs and gold or platinum records. A combination of unfavorable circumstances, deficient management, inadequate record label support, and immeasurable chaos & drama, all contributed to Richie's frustration & stagnation as a working musician. Still, his influence is immense. Most noteworthy, at an Eagles concert in Denver a few years back, head Eagle Glenn Frey pointed Richie Furay out in the audience with the acknowledgement, “If it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t be here.”


The film also delves into Richie's personal setbacks and many family triumphs. Unlike most of his music contemporaries, Richie is married 52 years to the same woman, even after separating twice in their early years. In the face of adversity, Richie found a life of positivity and fulfillment.


This documentary will also take our audience into the creative process. Along with discussing his songwriting, both past and present, Richie will take us through the evolution of a song, from genesis through production. By working in this interactive and immersive format, viewers will receive an intimate portrait of Richie’s life and music.


Although Richie’s career and influence is of historic value and will be addressed throughout our narrative, this film will be a break from the standard, nostalgic chronicle, and will instead present Richie as a modern, working artist. With a nod to the past, we will show how Richie continues to write & make music that inspires and enlightens generations both young and old.


We are also hopeful that this film will bring recognition to POCO and gain them the needed exposure to obtain a nomination into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
You can contribute to the making of this film by clicking here and/or by visiting RichieFuray.com.


Boomerocity Note: Closer to the time of the film’s release, we plan on chatting with Richie in more detail about it. Until then, please give this interview your careful attention, order the “Troubadour” set, contribute to the making of the documentary, and share the link to this interview with your friends!