A supergroup by nature – with former members of ZEPHYR, THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS and SPIRIT conspiring to create new music – FIREFALL have always been well-connected to the scene they emerge from; the American ensemble’s self-titled debut even opened with “It Doesn’t Matter” that singer Rick Roberts cowrote with Chris Hillman and Stephen Stills. And the veterans have never been averse to playing other people’s classic pieces, as suggested by 2007’s “Colorado To Liverpool” on which the duo of Jock Bartley and Steven Weinmeister covered THE BEATLES songs or the band’s latest offering, "Comet" from 2020, which featured cuts by the group’s late friends Tony Joe White and Randy California. So it’s hardly surprising to hear about the collective’s plans for the spring of 2023.
Opting for the “Friends & Family” concept, FIREFALL selected quite a few numbers from the ’70s which were originally recorded either by the bands this ensemble’s members used to be in or the groups they toured with in that decade to form a new album. In addition to cuts from the aforementioned BURRITOS and SPIRIT, it will include tracks from the repertoires of THE BYRDS, POCO and HEART, Gram Parsons and Dan Fogelberg, LYNYRD SKYNYRD and THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND, THE DOOBIE BROTHERS and FLEETWOOD MAC, Loggins and Messina and THE BAND. By all reports, the project’s moving along nicely, so there’s something to look forward to.