Tony Furtado Duo debuts at Truckee Alibi

Tony Furtado and Luke Price perform Tuesday at Alibi Ale Works – Truckee Public House.

Tony Furtado has a new Alibi.

The guitar and banjo virtuoso and his longtime musical partner, fiddler Luke Price, will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday for the first time at Alibi Ale Works – Truckee Public House. The duo has appeared three times at Alibi Ale Works – Incline Public House.

“It will be my first time to play in Truckee, which I have driven through many times,” Furtado told Tahoe Onstage. “I love the town and finally will get to play for the locals there. I also love the guys who run Alibi. They are great supporters of live music. And I like their beer, too.”

Furtado has a new album, “Decembering,” which features five-string and lower-tuned cello banjos. Contributing on the album are John Doyle on guitar & bouzouki (Solas), Todd Sickafoose on bass (Ani DiFranco/Anais Mitchell), Rob Burger on keyboards & accordion (Iron & Wine/Tin Hat Trio), fiddler Luke Price (Love, Dean), cellist Tristan Clarridge (Bee Eaters), mandolinists Mike Marshall and Matt Flinner, and drummers Scott Amendola, Aaron Johnston, and Carter McClean.”

“We will definitely do a handful of songs from the new album,” Furtado said.

“I started this in my basement (affectionately called Squirrelville Studio) just as the pandemic began. The process was simple but really challenging. I would record my parts first, send them out to each player to put down their parts one at a time, sometimes doubling back to re-record each part to fit better as the tune grew and evolved. It was like a game of audio ping-pong.”

Price is a three-time national fiddle champion and Furtado is a two-time national bluegrass champ who has collaborated with Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas and many other during a three-decade recording career.

ABOUT Tim Parsons

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Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.

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