Written by Richie Furay, the blend of elements of country and rock music in "Pickin' Up The Pieces" was instrumental in creating the genre of country-rock. Furay had previously anticipated this new direction with the country-influenced songs he penned for Buffalo Springfield, such as "A Child's Claim To Fame
" and "Kind Woman" (Rusty Young played on the latter song).
"Buffalo Springfield was over and Jimmy Messina and I wanted to put together a group that had a country sound to it, but crossing that line from the rock and roll side," Furay recalled to Uncut
magazine. "So we started Poco. And picking up the pieces was just kind of reflective of that."