Tony Furtado – Golden

January 01, 1970



Over the course of a prodigious 20-year career, Tony Furtado
has adapted many guises – staunch bluesman, free roving bluegrass musician,
Celtic rambler and furtive folkie – and yet somehow he’s never exactly etched
his identity in any one particular genre. With Golden, Furtado refrains to make amends, but even so, while he
avoids the temptation to pin himself down entirely, the overall effort stands
out as one of his most accessible and engaging records yet.


Furtado’s ability to transcend genre has been fostered by
the fact that he’s both an accomplished guitarist and a reliable banjo picker,
and on Golden he gives equal homage
to both instruments. From the tangled forward spin of “Toe the Line,” “Devil’s
Dust” and “Can’t Lie Down” to the sturdy, rambling instrumentals “Portlandia”
and “Bones,” and all the lovely and hard-bitten melodies in-between, Furtado
deftly tackles his usual wide range of stylistic indulgence. It’s a beguiling
potpourri, graced by the gentle lilt of trad-tempered material like “The
Willows Cry,” “In the Hollow.” “River Song” and “Golden (Brew),” as well as the
gypsy strum of “Angelia” and the insistent energy of “Need.”  With so many tracks vying for contention,
suffice it to say there’s not a clunker in the bunch, clearly a distinction in
itself. An essential collection, Golden is every bit as radiant as its title implies.


DOWNLOAD: “Toe the Line,” “The
Willows Cry,” “Golden (Broken)” LEE ZIMMERMAN

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