Alive After Five: Tony Furtado with New Transit 

According to his Facebook page, Tony Furtado was introduced to the banjo when he was in sixth grade. At the time he was doing a report on the instrument but when he finished the report, Furtado went home and built his own banjo out of household parts.

After falling in love with the tradition and history of bluegrass, Furtado began exploring other genres and incorporating them into this own sound, characterized by his fusion of slide guitar and proficient banjo with Americana, folk, country, pop and rock.

Fast forward to 2011 and Furtado has made an impressive career out of what started as a grade-school assignment. He self-produced Golden (Funzalo Records), his 15th studio album and recorded it in his hometown of Portland, Ore. The songs reflect Furtado's rigorous touring schedule followed by a return home and an appreciative absorption of a familiar place. For a man known for his mastery of stringed instruments, Golden also highlight Furtado's singing and songwriting and his ability to blend all of his talents so seamlessly.

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