Monday, April 8, 2019

Tony Furtado

Scott Law

Luke Price

White Eagle Saloon & Hotel - White Eagle Saloon

7 p.m.

$12.50 in advance, $15 day of show

21 and over

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About Tony Furtado

Rootsy guitar and banjo man

Tony Furtado

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

Very few musicians of any stripe so personify a musical genre as completely as Tony Furtado embodies Americana roots music. Tony is an evocative and soulful singer, a wide-ranging songwriter and a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist adept on banjo, cello-banjo, slide guitar and baritone ukulele who mixes and matches sounds and styles with the flair of a master chef (he's also an accomplished sculptor, but that's another story). All of the music of America is in Tony's music. Relix hit the nail on the head when writing of Tony: "True talent doesn't need categories."

A native of Pleasanton, California, who now makes his home in Portland, Oregon, Tony 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, Tony signed a recording deal with Rounder Records, one of the country's preeminent independent record companies. Beginning with Swamped in 1990, he recorded six critically acclaimed albums for the label, collaborating with such master musicians as Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Tim O'Brien, Stuart Duncan, Kelly Joe Phelps and Mike Marshall. During this period, Tony also performed and recorded with the band Sugarbeat and the Rounder Banjo Extravaganza with Tony Trischka and Tom Adams.

Beginning in the late 1990s-influenced by such musical heroes as Ry Cooder, David Lindley and Taj Mahal-Tony added slide guitar, singing and songwriting to his musical toolbox and began leading his own band. He is a tireless road musician who performs in a dizzying variety of formats: solo, in a duo or trio or with his full five-person band. He especially values the opportunities he has had to tour with such legendary musicians as Gregg Allman and with such esteemed slide guitarists as David Lindley, Derek Trucks and Sonny Landreth.

Tony has performed throughout the world at top venues and appeared 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. "I love playing live," he says. "All my energy is focused on the love of playing music and rolling with the moment. It's a give and take from the audience to the stage, and back. And the music that is created is something that otherwise might not occur without that flow."

Tony has recorded and produced almost a dozen CDs for various labels such as Dualtone, What Are Records and Funzalo Records. Tony enthusiastically describes his newest CD, The Bell, as "the most personal of my career." To be released this summer on his own YousayFurtado Records, The Bell is an important release for several reasons: it represents a return to Tony's banjo-playing roots, with the banjo and cello-banjo more prominent than in recent years; 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.

( Jon Hartley Fox )


"A talented multi-instrumentalist, cross-pollinating rambler, and budding songwriter, Tony Furtado is an eclectic musician with a knack for mining musical gold from the American folk tradition while also incorporating the best of contemporary rock music." ~ Jambase

Furtado started playing the banjo at about 12 years of age; by the time he was 19, he had established himself as a gifted musician. As he solidified his chops and sound by playing constantly, he was also raking in top awards for his banjo playing.

But Tony started to feel constrained by his instrument as his musical sensibilities broadened. He wanted to write songs that had lyrics and also wanted to try his hand at singing them, so he applied his considerable prowess to mastering the guitar and writing and singing his own material. His last studio effort, 2004's These Chains, was the product of an established artist's conscious expansion of his boundaries, and truly a joy to behold.

His tours have included stints with the likes of Gregg Allman, Taj Mahal, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Eric Johnson, String Cheese Incident and many others. Whether or not you've seen him live, you'll want to catch a performance as soon as you can. Furtado's passion is playing his music live and bringing it out there to the people. Accordingly, he's wooed music lovers and won fans all over kingdom come.



About Scott Law

A steel-string master

Scott Law

Guitarist and singer-songwriter, Scott Law embodies the ideal of the Steel-String Master. Fluent in both acoustic and electric genres, he is a brilliant and versatile instrumentalist, lauded and cherished by fellow musicians and crowds alike for his ability to raise the energy level and musicality of his collaborations. Scott's alternately chiming and grinding melodic concept bears favorable comparison to the greatest innovators of American Guitar, merging these roots into a fresh and identifiable sound that is his own. Scott’s songwriting, vocal phrasing, rhythmic integrity and story-like solos all roll with the crosscurrents at the confluence of Rock, Blues, Jazz, Bluegrass and Country music.

A fearless improviser and captain of tone, Scott plays beautifully-wild and impulsive electric guitar with his own SCOTT LAW REUNION BAND, Telecaster lead with old school California-based country aces BROKEDOWN IN BAKERSFIELD and blazing flat-pick style acoustic with Darol Anger's REPUBLIC OF STRINGS. Scott also performs with a more traditional Bluegrass band, GREEN STATE and as a SOLO, laying down earthy, danceable grooves using fingerpicks, slide techniques and open tunings.

Appearing frequently with other artists, Scott has performed onstage as featured guest with a number of musical giants including Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead), The String Cheese Incident, The Travelin' McCourys (Del McCoury), Danny Barnes, Crooked Still, Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, Melvin Seals, Tony Furtado and many others…

Scott is currently working on two new studio releases for 2012, one electric guitar-based, and one acoustic. His most recent solo album, "Living Room" came out in February 2009 on his own label, Volcano Underground. In 2006, SCI-Fidelity released a recording of Scott with String Cheese Incident guitarist Bill Nershi and his partner, Jilian eponymously titled "HONKYTONK HOMESLICE." Law was also a member of the award-winning Seattle acoustic-world-music group, HANUMAN whose 1999 recording, "PEDALHORSE" independently sold over 10,000 copies.

Law has scored and performed music for film and television, including an original song for the CBS primetime feature "Viva Laughlin" in 2007 and soundtracks for 2 full-length documentaries by The Columbia Land Trust and Tom's Of Maine. He is a dedicated and experienced music educator, teaching at various workshops, schools, camps, festivals and private sessions throughout the year.

As a kid, if not playing baseball, Scott was listening to music; Country, Blues, Rock and Jazz poured constantly forth from his father's 1960’s vintage, all tube-driven HiFi and vast LP collection. The Beatles, Louis Armstrong, Pete Seeger, Merle Haggard, Chet Atkins, Django Reinhardt, Johnny Cash, Wes Montgomery and many others were his musical foundation. Always in tune with the rhythm, Scott’s first consistent musical pursuit was drums, playing along with cassette tapes and joining stage band in 8th grade. At age 15 he switched to guitar and never looked back.

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