Furtado, Tony


  • From the San Franciso Bay area. Moved to Colorado. Now lives in Portland, Oregon.
  • Played banjo with Laurie Lewis and Grant Street; The Rounder Banjo Extravaganza (with Tom Adams and Tony Trischka) and his own group Sugarbeat.
  • Won the National Banjo Championship in Winfield, KS in 1987 and 1991.
  • 1994, released Full Circle album (Rounder).
  • 1999, formed the Tony Furtado Band, a fusion of country, bluegrass, blues and jazz.
  • His recording of “I Will” with guest artist Alison Krauss was included on Krauss’ “Now That I’ve Found You” album, which sold over two million copies.
  • 2002, formed The American Gypsies (a jazz group). Released American Gypsy album (no label).
  • He is also a virtuoso slide (bottleneck) guitar player. He manufactures and sells his own brand of bottleneck slides for the guitar.
  • He is also a sculptor.