Tony Furtado Trio in Santa Fe
"Tony Furtado has his black-belt in voice and bottleneck guitar, and his banjo playing scares the crap out of me." - David Lindley, musical adventurer
Few musicians so personify a musical genre as completely as Tony Furtado embodies Americana roots music. An evocative and soulful singer and songwriter, a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist adept on banjo, cello-banjo, slide guitar and ukulele, Furtado mixes sounds and styles so that all of the music of America is in Tony's music. Relix magazine hit the nail on the head when writing of Tony: "True talent doesn't need categories."
A native of California who now makes his home in Portland, Oregon, Furtado took up the banjo at age 12, inspired by the Beverly Hillbillies TV show and a sixth grade music report. He first attracted national attention in 1987, when he won the National Bluegrass Banjo Championship in Winfield, Kansas. Not long after that, Tony opted for the life of a full-time professional musician, joining Laurie Lewis & Grant Street. A second victory at Winfield, in 1991, bookended his years with Grant Street.
In 1990, Furtado signed a recording deal with Rounder Records. He recorded six critically acclaimed albums for the label, collaborating with such master musicians as Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Tim O'Brien, Kelly Joe Phelps, Tony Trischka and Tom Adams. Beginning in the late 1990sinfluenced by such musical heroes as Ry Cooder, David Lindley and Taj MahalTony added slide guitar, singing and songwriting to his musical toolbox and began leading his own band. He especially values the opportunities he has had to tour with such legendary musicians as Gregg Allman, David Lindley, Derek Trucks and Sonny Landreth. He has performed at such prestigious music festivals as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Jazz Aspen, Kerrville Folk Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Sisters Folk Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival and countless others.
Fruited has recorded and produced nearly a dozen CDs and describes his latest, The Bell, as the most personal of his career. It represents a return to Tony's banjo-playing roots, the original songs concern such weighty themes as the loss of his father, the birth of his son and his own creative rebirth with the move to a new record label and management team; his working band is featured; and, most important of all, this is the first album in a long time on which Tony had complete artistic control. It's his music, done his way.
GIG PERFORMANCE SPACE, 1808 Second St., Santa Fe, NM 87505
$29 advance, $32 door. General Admission.
GiG Performance Space (View)
1808 Second St., Suite H
Santa Fe, NM 87505
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