Tony Furtado keeps pulling new rabbits out of his hat. A former Grand National banjo champion, he's ventured deeper into his eclectic bluegrass-rock-blues fusion and mastered the slide guitar as well. On These Chains
, Furtado has pushed his singing and songwriting to the fore, offering a batch of impressive originals penned with collaborators like Jim Lauderdale
, Al Anderson
, and Jules Shear
. Furtado's youthful, contemporary-sounding tenor works as effectively on a biting blues-rock lament like the title tune as it does on a gentle pop ballad like "Standing in the Rain" or his folky duet (with Shear) on Dylan
's "One Too Many Mornings." Of course, a Furtado disc wouldn't be complete without a sizzling, slide-driven blues instrumental; this time around, it's the exquisite "Doc's Bog." --Bob Allen
An inspired player who has gained respect through his impressive guitar playing and world class bango playing. Mixes modern day music with traditional, creating a sound distinctly his.