“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
Tony Furtado, the renowned slide-guitarist, award-winning banjo player and singer/songwriter, is embarking on a nine date tour throughout the UK featuring his recently released CD, Cider House Sessions - Live at Reverend Nat's.
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.”
Influenced by such musical heroes as Ry Cooder, David Lindley and Taj Mahal—Tony added slide guitar, singing and song writing to his musical toolbox and began leading his own band.
“For many years i’ve wanted to have an album in my catalogue that has the feel and ease of a show played in my living room with a few friends I love to share tunes and songs with, surrounded by more friends who just want to hear us play and laugh, lights dimmed, and a few 50,000 gallon tanks of cider brewing behind me”!
Joining Tony will be acclaimed singer/songwriter Stephanie Schneiderman. With 10 solo releases of her own under her belt and as long-time collaborator with Furtado, she has been described as “hands down one of the most diversely talented artists the [US] Northwest has to offer.” Stephanie is also Tony’s wife.