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).
Tony Furtado, the acclaimed and award-winning singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, is an acknowledged master of many different styles and sounds. A native of Pleasanton, California, who now makes his home in Portland, Oregon, Tony Furtado took up the banjo at age 12. Tony’s highly anticipated live acoustic release that draws from all phases and periods of his career, Cider House Sessions – Live at Reverend Nat’s, showcase his versatility and wide-ranging imagination.
The follow-up to The Bell—winner of both the Album of the Year and Acoustic Rock Album of the Year awards in 2015 from the Indie Acoustic Project Awards—Cider House Sessions taps into a three-decade-deep reservoir of original and traditional songs and tunes from Tony’s extensive discography. Performed in an intimate setting before a rapt audience, the thirteen cuts on Cider House Sessions provide a rich and soulful sonic overview of Tony’s musical journey to date. It’s a superb album from a fearless musician, an Americana master hailed as “a major musical force” by David Lindley.
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. He will be joined by fiddler, Luke Price (a two time National Old-Time Fiddling Grand Champion), on December 9, at the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff.