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Guitar master Tony Furtado's Santa Cruz County shows

Thursday, July 19, 2007
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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Lee Gutowski
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Guitar player/singer/songwriter Tony Furtado has upcoming shows in Santa Cruz County, CA

“Thirteen was a lucky man, twelve down below.” -- from the chorus of Tony Furtado’s gripping “Thirteen Below,” the centerpiece song on his new CD release, Thirteen.

Tony Furtado is currently touring on his new release, Thirteen. Enthusiastic reviews of the album and his subsequent tour have followed close behind. We’d like you to see/hear Tony for yourselves so you can then go out and turn on your readers to this extremely talented and entertaining performer.

Come on see the show — or at least write about it. Will you consider previewing the show? Reviewing the CD? Want to interview Tony? Let me (Lee, the publicist) know. (My contact info can be found at the bottom of the page.)

TONY FURTADO and band on their Thirteen tour!

Thurs July 19 Felton CA
8 pm
6275 Highway 9
Downtown Felton
831 603 2294
$10 adv, $12 door

Critics are taking special note of the album’s centerpiece song, “Thirteen Below.” A gem written by Furtado, it recounts the January 2006 Sago mine disaster, which trapped 13 men, only one of whom survived. “I’ve heard so many mining songs in my folk history, and I’ve sung so many topical songs in the past, that writing and singing it felt natural to me,” Furtado notes. By giving the song the textures, cadence and language of Appalachian traditional music, the artist places the Sago disaster in its proper historical context while also giving it the universal resonance of tragedy. Listen to the song here:

Furtado recently told the Knoxville Daily Times that while writing the songs on Thirteen he was inspired by reading literature, history, poems and the account of the Sago mine disaster that claimed 12 miners in West Virginia in early 2006.

"When my manager asked me if I had any mining songs, I remembered the Sago disaster and how that really struck me," he said. "That's where the title track comes from — it's a whole interesting look on the number 13 and whether it's lucky or unlucky, and being that the story impacted me and it's a topical thing, it really wrote itself. That goes back to what I was listening to at the time, and how you can look at it from more of an abstract than simply telling folks the story."

Tony’s tour dates are listed immediately below. Stay tuned to the the Funzalo website ( for frequently updated tour information, or check out Tony’s website ( or myspace page (

Wed July 4, Samana Lounge, Vail CO
Thurs July 5, Jazz Aspen Summer Concert Series, Snowmass Village CO
Sat July 7, High Sierra Music Festival, Quincy CA
Fri July 13, Mt. Helena Music Festival, Helena MT
Sat July 14, Grand Targhee Folk & Americana Festival, Alta WY
Thurs July 19, Don Quixote’s, Felton CA
Fri July 20, Mission City Coffee Roasting, Santa Clara CA
Sat July 21, Squaw Valley Ski Resort, Squaw Valley CA
Sat Aug 11, Big Sur Spirit Garden, Big Sur CA
Fri Aug 17, Luna, Eugene OR
Sat Aug 18, The Axe & Fiddle, Cottage Grove OR
Sun Aug 19, The Mobius, Ashland OR
Sat Aug 25, NedFest, Nederland CO
Sun Aug 26, NedFest, Nederland CO
Fri Sept 7, Nomad World Pub, Minneapolis MN

“Furtado’s spooky original almost-title song, “Thirteen Below”, has drama to spare—written about the Sago mining disaster, it’s got a lot of old-soul folky doom and a thrillingly disturbing way with some huge power chords.” --

“A collection of effortless-sounding, twangy pop-rock, it’s a confident and likable album that features stellar musicianship and well-crafted songs that cover topics from the personal to the political.” -- PORTLAND TRIBUNE

“No getting stuck in a rut for this guy. Established as a blushgrass banjo picker in the 80s, the ever-evolving Tony Furtado has since ventured into blues, country and, more recently hard-ish rock, proving himself a skillful guitarists and, as of just a few albums ago, a singer-songwriter of some expertise.” -- HARP
“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 reminiscen tof T Bone Burnett, sans preachiness.” -- PASTE

“[On Thirteen], Tony Furtado once more demonstrates that he is not only a jack of all trades, but is also their master.” -- VINTAGE GUITAR

“Tony Furtado’s 13th release finds the singer-songwriter/guitarist/banjo master in superb form, unspooling roots music driven by his five- and six-string skills and dusky, emotionally riveting voice.” --

For more information on Tony Furtado, or for more press matierals, please contact:
Lee Gutowski • Funzalo Records • (520) 628-8655 • lee [at]

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FUNZALO RECORDS | PO BOX 35580 TUCSON AZ 85740 | 520-628-8655
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