Tony Furtado On Mountain Stage

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Set List

  • "Running Down a Dream"
  • "Thirteen Below" *
  • "Bolinas" *
  • "Used" *

*Featuring Rob Ickes, dobro

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A winner of the Grand National Banjo Championship at 19, Tony Furtado would go on to become an acclaimed slide guitarist, songwriter and collaborator in many genres. Originally from Pleasanton, Calif., Furtado has spent time playing with Blue Highway dobro player Rob Ickes — unbeknownst to Mountain Stage host Larry Groce, who booked Furtado and Blue Highway on the same March 2008 bill.

Furtado opens his set with a cover of Tom Petty's "Runnin' Down a Dream" before inviting his former bandmate on stage. The 2006 Sago Mine disaster that took 12 lives in West Virginia is the subject of "Thirteen Below," while Ickes and Furtado reconnect melodically on the instrumental ode to the West Coast town of "Bolinas." Mountain Stage house drummer Ammed Solomon joins in on "Used," putting a driving beat behind the dueling slides.

Furtado has a new record, Deep Water, and is touring with guitarist Scott Law in a project dubbed Banjo Killers.

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