Rick Roberts, Richie Furay, and Jock Bartley are three of our most legendary musicians still living, in Colorado today. They all seem to be staying fairly active. I’ve been enjoying a new album that each of the three of them appear on – along with drummer Patrick Shanahan. Thanks to bassist Mike Gallivan for hipping me to this info: Patrick was in the Soul Survivors, part of the Denver Big 3 with the Moonrakers and Boenzee Cryque. He also played with Rusty Young in a Country Trio when they were in Jr High. After the Soul Survivors, he went to LA with Randy Meisner and Allen Kemp and became Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band.
I know that Richie is finishing up a new solo album as we speak, and there’s been rumors floating around the scene that Rick has been encouraged to step back in behind the mic and give us some new music. I have no doubt Jock will be a part of whatever Rick does next.
The album I’ve been enjoying is The Piedbmont Brothers Band – III. It’s an unusual project in that it’s essentially one guy out of N. Carolina and another from Italy who have teamed up with several notable players to continue the country-rock traditions originated in the 60s by guys like Gram Parsons, Gene Clark, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Poco and others.
Check ’em out … with 5 current or former Coloradoans on board it gets an official Colorado Connection (CC) designation and will get some love on The Colorado Sound…