The Cedar Presents
TONY FURTADO DUO FEATURING LUKE PRICE with Brianna Lane
Friday Sep 21, 2018 Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM
$20 Advance / $22 Day of show
This is a seated show. Tickets are available online.
Tony Furtado will perform as a duo with three-time National Fiddle Champion, Luke Price.
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.”
A native of Pleasanton, California, who now makes his home in Portland, Oregon, Tony Furtado took up the banjo at age 12, inspired by the Beverly Hillbillies TV show and a sixth grade music report. He first attracted national attention in 1987, when he won the National Bluegrass Banjo Championship in Winfield, Kansas. Not long after that, Tony opted for the life of a full-time professional musician, joining Laurie Lewis & Grant Street. A second victory at Winfield, in 1991, bookended his years with Grant Street.
In 1990, Tony signed a recording deal with Rounder Records, one of the country’s preeminent independent record companies. Beginning with Swamped in 1990, he recorded six critically acclaimed albums for the label, collaborating with such master musicians as Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Stuart Duncan, Kelly Joe Phelps and Mike Marshall. During this period, Tony also performed and recorded with the band SugarBeat and the Rounder Banjo Extravaganza with Tony Trischka and Tom Adams.
Beginning in the late 1990s—influenced by such musical heroes as Ry Cooder, David Lindley and Taj Mahal—Tony added slide guitar, singing and songwriting to his musical toolbox and began leading his own band. He is a tireless road musician who performs in a dizzying variety of formats: solo, in a duo or trio or with his full five-person band. He especially values the opportunities he has had to tour with such legendary musicians as Gregg Allman and with such esteemed slide guitarists as David Lindley, Derek Trucks and Sonny Landreth.
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. “I love playing live,” he says. “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.” ( Jon Hartley Fox )
Hailing from the song-rich soil of Minneapolis, Brianna Lane is the latest in a deluge of compelling songwriters flooding the region. Lane’s vocals are both confidant and fragile, running parallels to Mindy Smith or a close confidant to Americana veteran Patty Griffin.
Brianna began her career as a young girl, taking piano lessons as an 8-year-old, and eventually quitting to learn things on her own. As an angsty teenager, Ani DiFranco and the Indigo Girls influenced her young world. She says, "I wanted to write songs but I couldn't figure out how to do that on the piano, so I picked up my mom's old guitar and taught myself some chords. I was a camp counselor every summer from ages 16-19. Campfires are always good for learning new folk tunes. I surrounded myself with players and soaked it all up."
While Lane may be well known to many in the Midwest for her past albums and contributions to many projects, including backing vocals for ex-Minneapolis folks Kevin Steinman, Eliza Blue, local character Jim Walsh, bike events with Ben Weaver. In her years of touring, Lane has shared the stage with Billy Bragg, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Colin Hay, Dar Williams, Patty Larkin, The Weepies, Jennifer Nettles (of Sugarland), and numerous other well seasoned musicians. She has also shared powerhouse, leg-powered bicycle tours with Righteous Babe artist Peter Mulvey.
With her latest project, Even Year, Brianna Lane is making a new introduction with her latest collection of solo work since 2015's The Navigators Club. Even Year is a collection of singles being released one month at a time. On the first Thursday of each month subscribers to Even Year receive a download and updates of other artistic endeavors. "Subscribers pay what they will by putting cash (or love notes) into a jar at my shows, or by finding the PayPal button on my website," Brianna goes on to explain that inviting people to pay what they will allows her work to be more accessible to more people. "Music fans have always craved connection to their favorite artists, and I crave a stronger connection to my fans," Brianna said. "Sending out a song each month feels more personal than a simple newsletter. I'm also asking this group of engaged folks for ideas for new songs and videos, and sending them stories and sketches." For more information on Even Year you can visit www.briannalanemusic.com