Tony Furtado

Tony Furtado Returns To The Boulder Theater

As the temperature falls and we add another layer to our Colorado uniform, it certainly feels like that time of year when tradition runs deep. The return of Tony Furtado to the Boulder Theater kept in traditional stride as he remained true to his Thanksgiving Day appearance and brought his genre bending songs to the familiar Boulder audience. Those of us present Friday night were fed a healthy serving of some good ol' fashioned Rocky Mountain pickin' turned electric.

Tony came in tow with his banjo and guitar back from his new home in Portland and managed to scrounge up some familiar Boulder musicians, The Tony Furtado Band. Tonight the band featured Matt Spencer on bass, Christian Teele on drums, Ross Martin on electric guitar and Tony on banjo, guitar and vocals.

The crowd spiritedly welcomed Tony and the band to the stage and the dance floor came alive. Tony Furtado and his banjo stylings present themselves as country rock songs with a tinge of bluegrass - or country songs with a dab of rock depending on what side of the Mississippi you grew up on. In actuality though, the music is best left unlabeled and should merely be absorbed for its truly original compositions and melodic jams. The electric banjo work is subtle, yet intricate, and you can feel Furtado's inspiration in each pluck. His songwriting skills seem acute as ever and Tony's acoustic guitar diligence showcases his years of creative experience and exploration. A student turned master of the slide guitar, Furtado was mainly picking and strumming this evening and why not when it sounds/feels so good.

Matt Spencer had a noteworthy bass solo that smoothly bounced back into a full band swing and the crowd was also treated to a cover of Tom Petty's Runnin' Down A Dream. It's also a pleasure to hear Ross Martin on some electric guitar. He plays a very meandering, almost whispering lead that is a distinct departure from when he picks on his acoustic.  The crowd participated in an impromptu sing along during a re-vamped version of the story of Stagger Lee as Tony and Ross volleyed solos and the entire band seemed to be having fun while the audience fed off the energy.

The night proved to be a festive evening of familial celebration and musical jubilation. From old classics to zestful covers, The Tony Furtado Band played a solid set of eclectic songs to an obviously appreciative Boulder Theater crowd.

Tony Furtado at the Boulder Theater Soon

Tony @ friends coming to Boulder!- for the Grateful Web

Tony's playing the Boulder Theater November, 25th.  Their location is 2032 14th Street ~ Boulder CO ~  and their phone is: 303.786.7030

Doors: 8pm ~ Show time: 9pm  $17

For more info: www.bouldertheater.com

Appearing with Tony: local heroes Drew Emmitt Band featuring Bill Nershi.

Grateful Web's review of the show will be posted soon...

Tony Furtado lines up some Coloroado dates

- for the Grateful Web

OUT NOW!  The new cd by TONY FURTADO BARE BONES on Funzalo Records

Recorded live on tour at the behest of Tony's fans! Gripping solo acoustic performances by this master stringbender and gripping singer/songwriter.  (www.tonyfurtado.com)

Tony's on tour now, swinging through Colorado soon.

Thursday June 9
Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom

2637 Welton Street

Denver CO

303 297 1772

http://www.cervantesmasterpiece.com/

Support act: Newcomers Home

Doors 8pm / Show time 9pm / Tony on stage 10:30pm Tix: $10 advance - $12 day of show

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Friday June 10

Riverwalk Center
150 W. Adams Street

Breckenridge CO

970 453 3187

http://www.breckenridgemusicfestival.com/

Doors 4pm / Show time 4:30pm / Tony on stage 6:45pm Free show

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Saturday June 11
State Bridge Lodge

127 Through Road HCR 2

Bond CO  

970 653 4444

http://www.statebridge.com/

Doors 5pm / Show time 7:30pm / Tony on stage 9pm Tix: $10 general admission

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Thursday July 14
Jazz Aspen Summer Concert Series

Fanny Hill
Snowmass Mountain

Snowmass Village CO

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Doors 5:30pm / Show time 6:15pm / Tony on stage 6:15pm FREE CONCERT SERIES!

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News you can use :

- Furtado did a 3 week tour opening for Gregg Allman & Friends this spring.

- Last year's Funzalo release, THESE CHAINS, is a finalist in the Indie Acoustic Project's "Best CDs of 2004" Awards (see www.indieacoustic.com for more info).

- #5 most added at Americana radio

"There are times on Tony Furtado's new live solo cd, BARE BONES , that you'd swear there are two guitarists."
- Traverse City Record Eagle

"'The live solo show is basically what you hear on the album.  I'll do solo stuff based around old folk tunes, and I intersperse banjo in there.  It becomes this American roots vibe.'  That vibe has made the just-released BARE BONES CD a hit with audiences and has kept Furtado on the road, where he revels in his craft."
- The Grand Rapids Press

"Blending acoustic slide guitar with woodsy tales of the everyday, Furtado's mix of technical virtuosity and warm storytelling soul was a perfect warm-up for Allman and his friends."
- Glide Magazine

Tony Furtado - 'Bare Bones' -

Tony Furtado- for the Grateful Web

String-bender extraordinaire Tony Furtado is a road dog. Playing an average of 300 live dates a year, from the western ski resorts in the winter to the summer festivals throughout the Midwest, through gritty Chicago and glitzy New York, to New England seaside towns and up and down the West Coast, 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. Which brings us to BARE BONES – a sampling of live solo acoustic shows that Tony recorded himself during some gigs last summer. Considering he'd just done a studio recording within the past year, he wasn't necessarily due for a new record. But his extensive solo touring had left folks wanting more of the same, and Furtado fans both new and old started asking for a recording that captures what he does best – play his heart out on stages in clubs, at festivals and just about everyplace in between.

BARE BONES is all Furtado. The songs here are not only performed (and most of them written) by Tony, but also recorded on the spot and engineered by the guitarist/singer/songwriter as well. And talk about baptism by fire: Furtado learned how to use the recording gear at these very shows. Dusty Wakeman, an accomplished musician and studio guru in his own right (Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakam, Anne McCue), did the mixing and editing at his Mad Dog Studios in LA. Dusty has worked with Tony before, producing his records and playing in his road band, and here again he captures the flavor and flow of Tony's live show, letting the performances shine through and stand on their own without adding unnecessary studio gimmickry or polish. What Tony played and what the fans witnessed is what you get, and the passion and camaraderie come through loud and clear.

The songs themselves are a great representation of crowd-pleasing fan favorites. From Furtado originals ("These Chains," "Can You Hear the Rain") to traditional songs with new arrangements by Tony ("Rove Riley Rove," "Oh Berta Berta") to collaborations like the Furtado/Jules Shear-penned "Standing in the Rain" and finally, to perfectly suited covers (Tom Petty's "Running Down a Dream," the Beatles' "I Will"), this album is a personal nod to the wishes of his fans, a way to relive the live show experience which brought them together to begin with.

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.

BARE BONES is a reflection of Tony's boundless enthusiasm playing music for folks and traveling far and wide to do it. His tours have included stints with the likes of Gregg Allman, Taj Mahal, Alison Krauss, 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. In the meantime, check out this recording and you'll get the next best thing to a Tony Furtado show.