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Tony Furtado

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“Tony Furtado is a major musical force without a doubt. He has his black belt in voice, bottleneck guitar and his banjo playing scares the crap out of me.” – David Lindley

“The devil will eventually want a guitar lesson from Tony Furtado, but he’ll have to wait in line like the rest of us.” - Willy porter

Tony Furtado is an indie record label’s dream artist. He has lived primarily on the road for the last two decades. He is gregarious,
engaging and entertaining, on and off stage. He’s been called a genius on banjo and slide guitar, and his own creative

interpretation-hybrid of Americana and indie folk/rock is engaging and captivating. Furtado has often been compared to Ry
Cooder and Paul Simon in his latest albums as he guides his attention to detail and proclivity for traditional music into the pop
framework. Onstage, whether playing with a band or solo, he owns the room, mixing stories of his travels with musicianship
that is off the charts.

Tony Furtado grew up in Pleasanton, CA and took up the banjo at age 12. At age 19, he entered himself and WON his first of
a pair of National Banjo Championships in Winfield, Kansas. Hailed as a banjo prodigy, he signed his first record deal with
Rounder Records in 1992. He went on to record 6 albums for the prestigious indie label, collaborating with the likes of Alison
Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Mike Marshall, and Kelly Joe Phelps among others. In the late 90s, with the inclusion of slide guitar

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  • golfmade

    I've had the good luck to see him perform live and it was a good show. Was really impressed with the way he plays the banjo (not that I'm an expert on it).

    30 Mar 2009 Reply
  • buttondavis

    button thinks Mr Petty likely smiles when listening to Mr Furtado do Running Down a Dream.

    24 Feb 2009 Reply
  • whutupp

    Damn, this dude rules. Just stumbled upon him and listened to "The Ghost of Blind Willie Johnson". Awesome song.

    3 Aug 2008 Reply

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