THE GINA FURTADO PROJECT
“It Won’t Be Me”
RECORD LABEL:Mountain Home Music Company
Drawing on the distinctive sound that earned her a third consecutive International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year nomination in 2021, Mountain Home Music Company’s Gina Furtado starts off her 2022 with a new single, “It Won’t Be Me.” Backed by her eponymous The Gina Furtado Project, which includes two of her sisters, the singer-songwriter serves up a characteristic blend of engaging music with a powerful lyric theme.
“It Won’t Be Me” mines the rich vein of Latin-and gypsy jazz-flavored sounds that has served Furtado well since her 2017 breakout hit, “Puppet Show”—and as it did there, the deft ensemble playing of sisters Malia (fiddle) and Lu (bass) Furtado, plus guitarist Drew Matulich, is deployed to support a woman’s declaration of independence from mistreatment.
Delivered in Furtado’s immediately recognizable voice, the lyric works its way over minor chords from an opening uncertainty—“I could see the writing on the walls/Sometimes it would fade/And sometimes it was all I saw”—to a dawning recognition (“You broke my heart, my home/And in my broken mirror/A woman said, ‘He’ll never break your spirit’”) before turning to a more optimistic sound that underpins the defiant lines of the chorus:
“I will be the one who’s standing firm and strong
And I will be the one who writes
Whatever kinda song I want
And when you treat somebody just exactly as you please
You better know it won’t be me, it won’t be me”
“This was a touchy song for me,” notes Furtado. “Domestic abuse is so prevalent that we’re all bound to know someone who has, and/or is experiencing it. I know I do. It is often so confusing for victims, and so hard to leave a bad situation. I hope that this song might help somebody who just needs to hear an ending that is alternate to what they may currently be feeling they are destined for.”
KEY SELLING POINTS
- Receiving an official stamp from Bluegrass Today as “absurdly talented,” Gina Furtado is best known for her work as banjo player for Chris Jones & The Night Drivers
- The Gina Furtado Project also incorporates Drew Matulich on guitar, whose touring/recording credits include Billy Strings, Roland White, David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, Sam Bush, Cody Kilby, and Sierra Hull