Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Richie Furay Announces New Studio Album ‘In The Country’

Richie Furay
(Image credit: Aaron Rappaport)

Country rock pioneer Richie Furay is set to release a new studio album this summer. Titled In The Country, the Buffalo Springfield and Poco founding member’s latest effort is due out on July 8 via Renew Records/BMG.

The lead single – a cover of Australian country artist Keith Urban’s number one hit "Somebody Like You" – has been unveiled with an accompanying music video. 

Featuring a standout vocal performance from Furay the track is elevated with a blinding electric guitar solo by primo session man Tom Bukovac (opens in new tab).

Following up 2015’s Hand In Hand (opens in new tab), Furay’s latest studio effort comprises 12 tracks that include covers of such classics as Garth Brooks’ “The River,” John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and Marc Cohn’s “Walking In Memphis.”

A new version of the Poco signature song “Pickin’ Up the Pieces” and George Strait’s number one hit “I Cross My Heart” will appear as exclusive digital bonus tracks.

“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,” said Furay. “It’s going to be a breath of fresh air for everybody.”

Richie Furay

(Image credit: Aaron Rappaport)

Produced by Grammy-winning producer Val Garay (Linda Ronstadt, Kim Carnes, James Taylor) and recorded at Nashville’s prestigious Blackbird studio complex, the record pulls together some of the best talent in town, namely drummer Victor Indrizzo, bassist Glenn Worf, keyboardist Steven Jay Nathan, pedal steel player Dan Dugmore, and guitarists Tom Bukovac and Chris Leuzinger.

John Berry duets with Furay on his chart-topper “Your Love Amazes Me,” while the legendary Vince Gill performs a cover of Ricky Nelson’s 1958 smash “Lonesome Town.”

In The Country is available to pre-order now. A special Record Store Day vinyl release is planned for June 18.

Richie Furay 'In The Country' album artwork

(Image credit: Aaron Rappaport/Luke Partridge/Renew Records/BMG)

Pre-order In The Country here (opens in new tab).

Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as GuitaristTotal Guitar, Guitar World (opens in new tab)Guitar Player (opens in new tab) and MusicRadar (opens in new tab) in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.