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American gypsy Tony Furtado, master of stringed instruments.
  • American gypsy Tony Furtado, master of stringed instruments.

Tony Furtado knows his way around a fretboard. Whether its banjo or guitar, the former art student is a master technician of everything from bluegrass to blues. As the title of his 2002 release American Gypsy subtly suggests, Furtado fancies himself something of an old-time rambler of the world, and he has the twangy, plucky sound of many cultures in his bandana bundle to prove it. That, and he's won the National Banjo Championship and played with deep down dudebros like Bela Fleck and Earl Scruggs. But Furtado isn't exclusive when it comes to his affinity for roots retro sounds. You'll find plenty of Celtic, plenty of hillbilly surfy slide sounds and jazzy swing licks, and various syntheses thereof in sometimes electrified oozes of soul-shattering musical upheavals that can occasionally sound like Leo Kottke. Basically, if you like anything, then you'll find something to like in the sounds of this American original. Touring in support of his latest album, Live Gypsy, Furtado will more than likely (as "they" say) "kick it down for ya, brah."

-- Noel Black

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Tony Furtado and the American Gypsies with special guest Spookie Daly Pride

32 Bleu, 32 S. Tejon St.

Sunday, Feb. 15 at 9 p.m.

All ages

$12 in advance, $15 at the door

955-5664 or www.32Bleu.com

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