Tony Furtado

Tony Furtado

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Tony Furtado (born October 18, 1967) is an American banjo player and slide guitarplayer of Portuguese and Italian heritage who was born in Pleasanton, California. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon.


Tony Furtado became a banjo player in sixth grade after doing a report on the instrument, making a rough banjo out of household items and studying the history of it. By 19, he had won a pair of National Bluegrass Banjo Championships.

As a young banjo player, Furtado found himself playing the genre of music most represented by the instrument - bluegrass. But all along, he was listening to everything from Celtic music, Jazz, American Folk as well as artists like Tom Petty and Jackson Browne, MTV was unnavoidable in the early 80s! At the same time, he was delving into his parents collection of classic rock records (The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, etc...). At the ripe age of 19, Furtado had already earned himself a reputation as a young banjo prodigy, winning two National Bluegrass Banjo Championships. Albeit the press and praise as one of the most promising bluegrass artists, Furtado decided that one genre wasn’t enough for him. Creatively, he had something more to express. “I don’t think I could ever be happy staying in any one place musically,” says Tony Furtado.

Furtado then picked up the slide guitar and soon established that his dexterity transitioned with ease. Using fingers and a bottleneck, he absorbed everything...
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