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Tony Furtado & Dirk Powell
Tony Furtado Dirk Powell
Tony Furtado & Dirk Powell
Genres: Country, Blues, Folk, World Music, Rock
 
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Tony Furtado and Dirk Powell wonderfully combine bluegrass, Cajun, old-time, and Celtic sounds to forge a melodic, eclectic, and vibrant album. A two-time Grand National Banjo Champion, Furtado also picks up the guitar on ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Tony Furtado Dirk Powell
Title: Tony Furtado & Dirk Powell
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rounder
Original Release Date: 3/23/1999
Re-Release Date: 9/22/2009
Genres: Country, Blues, Folk, World Music, Rock
Styles: Bluegrass, Regional Blues, Cajun & Zydeco, Traditional Folk, British & Celtic Folk, Jam Bands, Bluegrass Jam Bands
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 018964445621, 018964445621

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Tony Furtado and Dirk Powell wonderfully combine bluegrass, Cajun, old-time, and Celtic sounds to forge a melodic, eclectic, and vibrant album. A two-time Grand National Banjo Champion, Furtado also picks up the guitar on more than half of the dozen songs, with Powell accompanying him on either fiddle, piano, accordion, or banjo. The duo covers a lot of ground musically with a blend of moods and styles that results in an innovative yet lyrical pastiche. Listen for Primus percussionist Brain on the spoons for an example of such originality. The album benefits from the unique pairings of traditional tunes such as "Angeline the Baker/John Henry," "Roustabout/Jack Wilson," and the Irish medley "The Roscommon Reel/O'Rourkes'/The Famous Ballymote." However, it's at its best when Furtado plays slide guitar on a couple of swampy originals that make your mouth water for Cajun crawfish. --Andrew Scales

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Tony Furtado & Dirk Powell
Chaz Van Siclen | Laurel, Montana | 02/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is Tony's best work to this date with an outstanding cajun artist Dirk Powell. If you ever have a chance to see Tony live, jump at the chance. From your loyal fans in Montana!"
Two roots music visionaries
Nobody important | 07/06/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Tony Furtado began his career as a progressive bluegrass banjo player, and transitioned into a slide guitar-playing folk-rocker. At this point in his career (1999), he was making a transition, and playing a hybrid style that combines almost every roots music form around while alternating between banjo and slide guitar. Dirk Powell has one foot planted in Cajun music (he is a member of Balfa Toujours) , and another in old-time country music (which is what he plays on his solo albums). Powell is a multi-instrumentalist equally gifted on fiddle, clawhammer banjo (Furtado sticks to Scruggs-style when he plays banjo), piano and accordion. This album puts the two together in mostly duet settings. The music, like what Furtado was playing on his own at the time, incorporates many genres, particularly blues, old time country and Cajun. The brilliant instrumentals on this album are subtle and beautiful. There is very little bluegrass here, and Furtado and Powell rarely approach the frenetic pace of bluegrass, but the album has a tension and an energy just below the surface that you might miss if you don't pay close attention. This is music that rewards close attention, though. This album is essential for anyone interested in genre-crossing roots music, played with subtlety and intelligence. There is no flash here-- just two kindred spirits exploring American roots music. This album makes an excellent companion to Furtado's Roll My Blues Away. This album is much more mellow, but the two fit together nicely.

Incidentally, anyone interested in this stage of Furtado's career should also track down a copy of Ben Winship's One Shoe Left. Furtado is a guest on that album, and his playing is similar to his playing here."