ABOUT TONY FURTADO
Tony Furtado is an indie record label’s dream artist. He has lived primarily on the road for the last two decades. He is gregarious, engaging and entertaining, on and off stage. He’s been called a genius on banjo and slide guitar and his own creative interpretation-hybrid of Americana and indie rock is captivating. Onstage, whether playing with a band or solo, he owns the room, mixing stories of his travels with musicianship that is off the charts.
About Live From Mississippi Studios: On Nov 25, 2011, Tony and his band—some of Portland’s finest young musicians—played 2 exciting sets to a packed house at one of Portland’s guiding light venues for indie rock, Americana, and folk music, Mississippi Studios. The show was recorded and mixed by Rob Stroup (8-Ball Studios) and filmed by a new collective of young filmmakers called Devious Goldfish. The whole project was funded by an interactive Kickstarter campaign where Tony offered up concerts, CDs and even some of his sculpturework as incentives for pledges. Feeding off the thread of energy from the crowd, the performance was riveting and sincere, and the filmmakers captured that on-stage intimacy and raw emotion rarely accessible to the audience. The result is a stunning CD/DVD set, a follow-up to Tony’s 2011 release, Golden (which remained on the Americana top 40 chart for months).
“I think some of my best recordings have actually been captured by bootleggers recording my band live, because in that moment, I’m just not thinking about it. All my energy is focused on the love of playing music and rolling with the moment. It’s a give and take from the audience to the stage, and back. And the music that is created is something that otherwise might not occur without that flow.” — Tony Furtado