• West Coast Music

    As the name indicates West Coast Music has its origin on the American West Coast. The music emphasizes melody, harmonies and arrangements, and the vocal and instrumental performances are always with great skill and of high quality. The music is often performed by pop/rock artists from the American West Coast, but is in no way limited to any geografical area.

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Three songwriters together…

Formed in 1973 at the urging of Asylum Records president David Geffen, Souther-Hillman-Furay was the offspring of just about every notable country-rock band. Richie Furay was a founding member of both Buffalo Springfield and Poco; Chris Hillman had been with the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and Stephen Stills’ Manassas; and J.D. Souther formed Longbranch Pennywhistle with Eagle Glenn Frey, as well as recording a solo record for Asylum and penning tunes for artists like Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, and the Eagles.

S-H-F’s supporting cast also came with impressive credentials, including studio stalwart Paul Harris on piano, Al Perkins (Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas) on pedal steel guitar, and former Derek & the Dominos drummer Jim Gordon (who also wrote the piano piece that concludes “Layla”).

Although the band, which was meant to be a sort of country-rock version of Crosby, Stills & Nash, received a great deal of hype and promotion, things never really gelled. Their debut sold reasonably well, but the aptly titled Trouble in Paradise was poorly received. S-H-F broke up shortly thereafter with each member going on to solo careers.

Souther released a couple of solo efforts, achieving a minor success with “You’re Only Lonely”; Hillman recorded unsuccessfully for Asylum before teaming with former Byrd-mates Roger McGuinn and Gene Clark in McGuinn, Clark & Hillman, and then forming the popular country-rock Desert Rose Band; and Furay, who became a minister in Colorado, made three Christian-influenced albums, as well as re-joining Poco for their 20th-anniversary recording.

Words from allmusic.com

Discography

Trouble In Paradise

Asylum Records 1975

Tracks: Trouble In Paradise, Move Me Real Slow, For Someone I Love, Mexico, Love And Satisfy, On The Line, Prisoner In Disguise, Follow Me Through & Somebody Must Be Wrong.

Musicians on the Trouble In Paradise album: John David Souther, Chris Hillman, Richie Furay, Joe Lala, Paul Harris, Al Perkins, Ron Grinel and others.

The Souther Hillman Furay Band

Asylum Records 1974

Tracks: Fallin´In Love, Heavenly Fire, The Heartbreaker, Believe Me, Border Town, Safe At Home, Pretty Goodbyes, Rise And Fall, The Flight Of The Dove & Deep Dark And Dreamless.

Musicians on the Souther Hillman Furay Band album: John David Souther, Chris Hillman, Richie Furay, Joe Lala, Paul Harris, Al Perkins, Ron Grinel and others.

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