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Paulo Furtado, known by his stage name The Legendary Tigerman (born 9 September 1970), is a Portuguese musician. As The Legendary Tigerman, he started playing blues music in a one-man band style, accompanying his singing with guitar, harmonica and drums alone on stage. The band is now a 4 piece, fat drums by Sega, big horns by Cabrita and low bass by Pisco, and of course Paulo "Tigerman" Furtado on vocals and guitar. Furtado is also the lead vocalist and primary songwriter of the rock band WrayGunn and formerly played in the rockabilly group Tédio Boys.
Furtado was born in Portuguese Mozambique, where he lived until he was one year old. He then moved to Coimbra, Portugal with his parents. Later, he enrolled at Lisbon University to study Human Movement Science but dropped out after three days, considering the studies pointless. He then focused a lot on surfing, becoming a local body board hero, and during this period it was said that he had various affairs.
Furtado's musical career began in the late 1980's as the lead guitarist and songwriter in the Portuguese psychobilly band Tédio Boys. The group released three albums during the 1990's and embarked on a U.S. tour. In 1999, after leaving Tédio Boys, Furtado founded the Coimbra-based blues rock outfit WrayGunn, in which he plays lead guitar and sings alongside Raquel Ralha. The band has released five albums.
During this period, Furtado began a solo career as The Legendary Tigerman. He released his first album, Naked Blues, on the Subotnick Enterprises label in 2001. While working with Subotnick Enterprises, he released the followup, Fuck Christmas, I Got the Blues (2003) and the remix compilation In Cold Blood (2004). Switching to Rastilho Records, he produced Masquerade in 2006, which won him critical acclaim. In 2009 he joined Jarvis Cocker on a successful tour. Following this, he switched to EMI to produce his fifth solo album, Femina, which featured collaborations with female singers and became one of the top 5 albums on the Portuguese charts.
Sold-out shows, festivals, praise from the press.
The secret was out.
In 2014, TRUE sees the daylight though the light is much darker, much more complex...itʼs rock nʼ roll but with orchestras and brass and drums with truthness on every corner, shape or sound coming off from this seminal record.
In the words of Lindsay Hutton “True comprises the type of music that really has been known to save souls.”
Undergoing massive tours across Europe, Brazil, Mexico or China, The Legendary Tigerman takes on the rock nʼ roll ride full on, no more a one-man-band, now touring as an amazingly powerful trio, with drums and Baritone Sax.
The most awaited 6th full length of The Legendary Tigerman is finally coming out in the beginning of 2018!
MISFIT was recorded at Rancho de La Luna, Dave Catching´s legendary studio in Joshua Tree, in the heart of the Mojave Desert, and mixed and co-produced in Paris by Johnny Hostile (The Savages, John & Jehn) at Pop Noire Studios.
He has released 6 albums:
- 2002: Naked Blues – Subotnick Enterprises
- 2003: Fuck Christmas, I Got the Blues – Subotnick Enterprises
- 2004: In Cold Blood – Subotnick Enterprises
- 2006: Masquerade – Nortesul/BMG
- 2009: Femina – Metrodiscos
- 2014: True – Metropolitana/Sony Music Portugal
- 2018: Misfit - Metropolitana/Sony Music Portugal
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