Who Is Bing Futch?
With roots in both African and Seminole Indian tribes, Bing Futch's window on America is a unique landscape of music, words and imagery. He began playing Appalachian mountain dulcimer at Knott's Berry Farm theme park in 1986, working at a Ghost Town shop for Bud & Donna Ford.
That same year, Futch founded techno-punk band Crazed
Bunnyz with synth-bassist Marc
"Gadget" Plainguet and vocalist Sean
"Shaka" Harrison. The trio grew popular in the
international underground CCM college radio scene and have remained
a fan favorite long after disbanding in 1988. Since then, Futch has
enjoyed a diverse and prolific career spanning music, theater and
After working closely with producers of the hit NBC series "Quantum Leap" while shooting a documentary in 1992, Futch left his California hometown of Los Angeles in 1993 to pursue production opportunities in central Florida where he set up a multimedia company called J.O.B. Entertainment Inc. Some of his early projects include the eight-part travelogue "Disney Overload", the 1994 reality series "Toastin'", serving as musical director and composing an original score for the Stage Left Theater production of "The Jungle Book: A Musical Adaptation" and writing/performing portions of the soundtrack for The Castle of Miracles at Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee, Florida.
In 1999, Mohave was born. The award-winning Americana band has performed in a variety of venues including multiple shows at The House Of Blues at Walt Disney World, Hard Rock Live Orlando at Universal Resort, The Bamboo Room, Freebird Live, The Orlando Fringe Festival, The Central Florida Fair and they've also opened for national acts Molly Hatchet, Subject To Change, St. Somewhere and The Crests.
Bing Futch appeared on the national folk music scene in 2006 and
has become a popular touring solo performer, headlining at the Florida
Folk Festival, Old Songs Festival, The Big Muddy Folk Festival,
Common Ground On The Hill, Kentucky Music Weekend and other
venues across the country. Futch's shows are always engaging
affairs as he connects right away with an audience and then takes
them on a musical theme park ride through a variety of sounds,
styles and showpieces. Sometimes purely acoustic and other times
surrounded with an astonishing array of technology, Futch takes
listeners on an unforgettable ride through both traditional and
modern music. Voice, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, Native American
flute and ukulele form the foundation for these oft-times marathon
concerts with supporting percussion brought in for special
performances. It's a wild, funny, moving journey in music that
comes from the heart.
In just the past several years that Futch has appeared on the folk
scene here in the states, he's opened for Grammy-award nominated
artists Sam & Ruby,
bluesman Scott Ainslie,
singer/songwriter Larry Mangum,
shared the stage with Zydeco king Chubby
Carrier, Tom Constanten
(The Grateful Dead), national fingerstyle guitar champion Michael
Chapdelaine and Grammy-award nominated act The
Dixie-Beeliners among others. He's also produced numerous
recordings and has published several songbooks.
Alongside his performing career, Futch has become a popular instructor of the mountain dulcimer and Native American flute. His video podcast, Dulcimerica, has been viewed by over a million people worldwide and is currently in its seventh season.
He and his wife Jae live in Orlando, so close to Walt Disney World that you can see the fireworks from their interstate exit.