Buffalo Springfield's Richie Furay Looks Back & Forward, Re-affirm's Reunion in February 2012
THE DENVER POST | Cyrus McCrimmon
Richie Furay re-affirm's Buffalo Springfield's reunion in February 2012 in an important video and article on the band's co-founder in The Denver Post by Jeremy P. Meyer:
In the 1980s, he gave up being a professional musician and focused instead on being a pastor — devoted to the faith he found during a troubled time in his marriage. His marriage to Nancy survived and is in its 44th year.
Since 1983, Furay has been pastor of Calvary Chapel in Broomfield.
On a recent Sunday, Furay played guitar with the band and preached a sermon for nearly an hour on the final chapter of the Book of Daniel .
"Most of the people here know him as Pastor Richie and don't know anything about this other stuff," said Scott Sellen, worship leader at Furay's church and multi-instrumentalist in his band.
Years ago, Sellen gently encouraged Furay to begin performing again, at first as a duo with Sellen.
More members were added, and now the Richie Furay Band includes Furay's daughter, Jesse Lynch; Sellen's son, Aaron; and drummer Alan Lemke.
Every Sunday , the band gathers on a stage in the cinder-block church, playing upbeat devotionals with a country-rock feel as tight as any professional group.
Tonight, the band will play at Denver's Bluebird Theatre, with a song list that spans Furay's career — from Buffalo Springfield and Poco to recently written tunes.
Even though Furay is a rock pioneer, his band still has difficulty getting in-state gigs.
"I don't think Colorado has been kind to Richie," Sellen said. "But he's got more history than anyone in Colorado."