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LISTEN: Richie Furay, “Lonesome Town” (Ricky Nelson Cover)

Jul 5, 2022

LISTEN: Richie Furay,

Artist: Richie Furay
Hometown: Yellow Springs, Ohio
Song: “Lonesome Town”
Album: In the Country
Release Date: July 8, 2022
Label: Renew/BMG

In Their Words: “Ricky Nelson was an idol and musical hero of mine. This song (or any) by Ricky had to be included on this record because of his influence on me. I remember watching and waiting for him to play on the old Ozzie and Harriet TV show. One such performance was the one that prompted me — I want to do this; I want to be a musician. Ricky was singing ‘Be-Bop Baby,’ and that was the clincher; I never looked back. I once met him in Los Angeles when Poco was playing at the Troubadour. It was a moment in time that will always be dear to my heart.

“One of the things that makes this version of ‘Lonesome Town’ so special is how our band interpreted it. We wanted to give it a ‘current’ sound yet pay homage to this great song. Timothy B. [Schmit] suggested Vince Gill for the harmony. What a thrill it is to have one of the greatest singers/musicians of our day perform on that special song.” — Richie Furay


Photo Credit: Aaron Rappaport

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