Tony Furtado

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Tony Furtado
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Fox Theater, Boulder, Colorado, February 8, 2008
Background information
Born (1967-10-18) October 18, 1967 (age 50)
Pleasanton, California, U.S.
Genres Bluegrass, country, rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments banjo , slide guitar, electric guitar
Labels Rounder, Funzalo

Tony Furtado (born October 18, 1967) is an American singer-songwriter, banjoist, and guitarist.


Fox Theater, Boulder, Colorado, February 8, 2008

Furtado was born in Pleasanton, California. He was interested in music and the banjo from an early age. He studied music and art at California State, Hayward. During college, he won the Grand National Banjo Championship in Kansas. Then he toured with bluegrass musician Laurie Lewis. Rounder Records released his debut album, Swamped, in 1989.[1][2]

Furtado played with Béla Fleck and Earl Scruggs. His second album, Within Reach (1992), featured bluegrass veterans Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas. Comparisons to Ry Cooder were rooted in Furtado's combination of jazz, Celtic, and old-time music. On his third album, Full Circle (1994) he concentrated on acoustic blues and slide guitar, with Cooder as an influence. He recorded a duet album with Dirk Powell.[1] His band Sugarbeat also featured Ben Demerath (vocals, guitar), Matt Flinner (mandolin), and Sally Truitt (bass).[3]

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"Furtado mixes Americana, folk, indie-rock, blues, and jazz styles."[4]

"As a banjo virtuoso, Furtado is well-known for his envelope-pushing, progressive bluegrass stylings. His picking is rapid-fire quick, sharp and clear, and puts him in the school of Béla Fleck and David Grisman."[5]

"He mixes bluegrass roots with a mainstream pop streak, easily holding the spotlight, thanks to his restrained virtuosity on acoustic and slide guitar and a warmly engaging voice reminiscent of T Bone Burnett, sans preachiness. – Paste magazine


  • Swamped (Rounder, 1989)
  • Within Reach (Rounder, 1992)
  • Full Circle (Rounder, 1994)
  • Roll My Blues Away (Rounder, 1997)
  • Tony Furtado & Dirk Powell (Rounder, 1999)
  • Tony Furtado Band (Rounder, 2000)
  • American Gypsy (What Are, 2002)
  • Live Gypsy (Dualtone, 2003)
  • These Chains (Funzalo, 2004)
  • Bare Bones (Funzalo, 2005)
  • Thirteen (Funzalo, 2007)
  • Deepwater (Funzalo, 2008)
  • Golden (Funzalo, 2010)
  • Live at Mississippi Studios (Funzalo, 2012)
  • The Bell (Funzalo, 2015)[6]
  • Cider House Sessions (YousayFurtado Records, 2017)


  1. ^ a b Wilson, MacKenzie. "Tony Furtado | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Tony Furtado Interview" Archived 2007-05-01 at the Wayback Machine. by Tom Watson, January 18, 2007 Modern Guitars.
  3. ^ Bonham, Nicole A. (February 21, 1994). "Sugarbeat Reels In Audience with Songs about Fish, Future". Deseret News. Retrieved August 6, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Tony Furtado goes for a lucky 'Thirteen'" by Jason MacNeil, January 2007, Country Standard Time
  5. ^ "Furtado brings eclectic bag of tricks to Opera House" by Katie Klingsporn, March 8, 2007, Telluride Daily Planet.
  6. ^ "Tony Furtado | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 October 2016. 

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