Eddie Owen Presents: Tony Furtado with Jesse Daniel Edwards
Live @ Red Clay Music Foundry Thursday June 7th 2018 at 7:30 pm
Doors open 6:30 PM
Ticket sales ended Jun 7, 2018 5:30 PM. Additional tickets may be available at the box office.
Winner of the Grand National Banjo Championship... Furtado has performed and recorded with Bela Fleck, Earl Scruggs, Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas.

"He mixes bluegrass roots with a mainstream pop streak, easily holding the spotlight, thanks to his restrained virtuosity on acoustic and slide guitar and a warmly engaging voice reminiscent of T Bone Burnett, sans preachiness. – Paste magazine

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Advance Tickets: $20 ($25 day of show)

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 )

“Tony Furtado is a major musical force without a doubt. He has his black-belt in voice and bottleneck guitar and his banjo playing scares the crap out of me.” – David Lindley, musical adventurer more >>>
Jesse Daniel Edwards
“As a child I loved hearing my grandpa sing while strumming his ukulele. I learned to play by watching at his feet. The music was filled with his stories of being in the war and of his huge family, all of whom were larger than life. To me, the stories and the songs became inseparable.”

Born with a profound love of music and a knack for weaving his own stories into his witty compositions- sometimes darkly comic and other times heartrendingly
beautiful- Jesse Daniel Edwards began composing his own music with his six
brothers and sisters at the age of 7.

His first composition was an ode to his mother's mashed potatoes, arranging harmonies and recording his earliest efforts in his family’s coal cellar. Leaving home at 17 to busk around the US and abroad in Europe, he eventually found his way to Music City and began to cut his teeth as a songwriter in Nashville in 2008.

It was there that he was mentored by Al Bunetta(John Prine) a childhood hero of Jesse's. As he has grown in years and artistic maturity, he has continued to put forth his brand of honest and heartfelt songwriting- and his rootsy style has persisted:

“The rich traditions of towns like Nashville and Dublin affected me very strongly
when I was traveling, not just the DIY sound of folk music, but also the candid
stories,” Jesse says of his inspiration and sound.

Since that period, JDE has performed full-time on the college and music festival circuits both solo and with his 5-piece band, sharing the stage with notable artists including Jason Mraz, First Aid Kit, and others.

He has songs featured in radio, television, and independent films and his music may be heard on Netflix, Apple Music, and Spotify (featured artist). His latest album “Un / Becoming” releases throughout 2018.
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