stands out, a portuguese musician born Paulo Furtado and ex component
of prestigious Lusitanian acts such as the Tedio Boys. The Legendary
Tigerman is a large as life one-man-band, armed with guitar, kazoo,
bass drum and charles, ready to grab the blues bull by the horns,
revisiting common places of this musical gender that eventually
gave birth to R&R and... Well, to 90% of every kind of music
that turns everyone of us on.
Paulo’s debut album is called “Naked Blues”, an
explicit name that doesn’t lie to you about what you’re
to find inside. Naked Blues. As naked as the girls’ bodies
that accompany the great one-man-band in the album’s title
track music video. The result of which is a delicate Super 8 work
that is being censored on many TV stations due to the suggestive
flesh exhibition. At least you will be able to watch and enjoy it
if you buy the album, because it is included in a video track.
album is enjoying quite an amazing success in Portugal and we hope
Spain won’t ignore this great musician. Soon, we will see
him on our stages and now you can get to know him a little better
reading this interview...
you happy with the result of Naked Blues? -Sure, I’ts
one of the best sounding albums I’ve managed put out.
-You’ve had a variety of experiences with different bands
but now you appear as a bluesman, why the change?
-I don’t think it’s a change actually. In everything
I’ve done with Tedio Boys and my other bands, my guitar parts
have always had plenty of blues. And now since I am a one man band
the blues pressence has increased, but that’s all.
-But, even though original blues was a one-man thing, a one-musician
with guitar and minimum percussion thing, What happens in a musician’s
mind, when he has some bands that sound good but suddenly decides
to start a solo career without the help of any other musician?
-I’ve always been a blues and one-man-band fan, but it was
really just a little bit of an accident. Tédio Boys were
ending and I started rehearsing, since I had a bass drum and some
charles I started trying new songs with them and it sounded good
to me... So I decided to go in that direction!
-The result is good, which is all that matters anyway. But
here it is not very common to hear of a portuguese bluesman...
-Nor is it in Portugal (laughs)... But it’s very stange because
the album is selling far beyond what I could have expected. And
from what I have been told, it is sold to all kinds of people, from
rockers to regular guys in their forties. It’s funny, cause
it’s a very specific sound but there is no specific audience
for it, unlike with rock ‘n’ roll.
-Some say blues is dead, what do you think about it?
-It’s not dead.
-At least as long as you are here... -I think it’s
more alive than it’s been in many many years. You got RL Burnside,
all the old musicians in Fat Possum playing in crowded venues, and
that’s very important. Everything genuine and made with your
soul has its public and is never outdated.
-Your album is called “Naked Blues” but we could
say that there are more naked things besides blues in the clip included
on the CD, we’ve been told you got some problems getting it
-Well, it hasn’t been broadcasted very much on TV and the only
times it has been, it’s been after midnigth... But I can’t
understand why, it’s a very beautiful clip... (laughs)... In
my live shows I have projections of some images filmed on Super 8
as the ones in the Naked Blues video, plus some other parts, that
I’ve edited to adapt them to the songs. I play with a rearview
mirror to check the timing of the images and go in synchrony.
-The video images show what the lyrics say: I come to a crossroads,
I go with girls, I do it doggy style... Maybe it’s too explicit
for some people.
-But the clip is not the only thing naked, the record concept, the
music itself is stripped of ornaments, it’s naked... It’s
a naked album.
-Why do you use such a blues cliché as “the crossroads”
is? -On one side, it’s a classic, to meet the devil
there, so he gives you the skill of playing well. And on the other
side it’s got connections that help the concept of the video,
which is a crossroads among people.
from The Inmortal Lee County Killers said that his blues could not
be the same as the original because he is neither white nor did he
grow up in a cotton field, do you think it’s the same with you?
Is your music affected by growing up in a totally different environment?
-I’m sure it affects me and makes it different, if
someone from the Mississippi listens to this album I would bet they’re
gonna say it’s a very strange blues. It’s not pure blues,
it0s got many other influences by the way I make it, it has an european
touch and it definitely has a rural air, not a big city’s; but
its roots are in America.
-You were saying that this is a good moment for blues, but I think
that this is not only because of people such as R.L., there’s
also some more one man bands such as Guitar Fucker from Switzerland,
duos such as ILCK, Soledad Brothers or even The White Stripes, that
in their style they mix blues with pop and some country. Do you think
it’s gonna become a trendy thing and that everyone will jump
in the bandwagon for some months?
-Honestly, I’m not very worried about that. I think it always
happens the same, there are moments in which people like your music
more than at other times. I’ve been playing for 15 years and
I have gone through all the phases, from being on top to being down
in the very bottom. I personally think it’s a good moment, but
a bad one could come soon.
–How did you become known as The Legendary Tigerman?
-“Tigerman” is one of my favourite songs ever, it’s
by Rufus Thomas Jr, and I took the Legendary part from Legendary Stardust
Cowboy, a great white one-man-band. My name is the mix of two important
things for me and I also think that a one-man-band must have a great
name to dignify his profession.
-I’ve noticed that you play the guitar with your left
hand, but with the drums you play with the right feet. That’s
kind of strange...
-I didn’t know it, I was told a few weeks ago, but I had never
thought about it.