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T-Model Ford

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist T-Model Ford (James Lewis Carter Ford) played a raw-edged, visceral style of blues from the Mississippi Delta, accompanied much of the time by his drummer, Spam (Tommy Lee Miles). Ford caught a break when he opened up on a national tour for Buddy Guy and his band, playing respectable theaters and some festivals, but he was chronically under-recorded. He began playing guitar late in life and hadn't really toured much outside the Mississippi Delta until the 1990s and into the new millennium. He was well received at Antone's nightclub in Austin during the South by Southwest Music Festival, at the Chicago Blues Festival, and on tour with Guy and his band. When not on the road, playing mostly blues nightclubs, T-Model Ford and Spam set their instruments and amps up on Nelson Street in Greenville, Mississippi, where they would play for as much as eight hours straight. Ford's sound was raw, unadulterated Delta blues, and the music on his albums tends to sound sparse but is very rhythmic, given that his sole accompanist was the drummer Spam. His albums, all for the Fat Possum label, now based in Los Angeles, include Pee-Wee Get My Gun (1997), You Better Keep Still (1999), She Ain't None of Your'n (2000), and Bad Man (2002). After a six-year break from recording -- though he toured regularly -- Ford returned to the bins on the Alive imprint with Ladies Man in 2010; he followed it with Taledragger in 2011. Two years later, he died at home of respiratory failure after a short time in hospice care. ~ Richard Skelly
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  1.   Song
  2.   Black Nanny
  3.   My Babe
  4.   I'm Coming to Kick Yer Asses
  5.   Talk to You
  6.   T-Model Theme Song
  7.   I Got a Home
  8.   Hip Shaking Woman
  9.   That's Alright Mama
  10.   Stella Got Mad
  11.   Talkin' It
  12.   How Many More Years
  13.   Leave My Heart Alone
  14.   Junk
  15.   We Don't Understand
  16.   To the Left to the Right
  17.   Feels So Bad
  18.   I'm Insane
  19.   Let the Church Roll On
  20.   Yes, I'm Standing
  21.   Look What All You Got
  22.   If I Had Wings, Pt. 1
  23.   Ugly Ass Grin
  24.   Turkey and the Rabbit
  25.   I Love You Baby
  26.   Cut You Loose
  27.   Two Trains
  28.   Sallie Mae
  29.   Chicken Head Man
  30.   The Old Number
  31.   Sugar Farm
  32.   Big Boss Man
  33.   If I Had Wings, Pt. 2
  34.   Bad Man
  35.   44 Blues
  36.   Love Me
  37.   Pop Pop Pop
  38.   Nobody Gets Me Down
  39.   Wood Cuttin' Man
  40.   Morning Gown
  41.   She Asked Me So I Told Her
  42.   Porch Step
  43.   That's Alright
  44.   Been a Long Time
  45.   Love Me All Night Long
  46.   Everything's Gonna Be Alright
  47.   The Duke
  48.   These Eyes
  49.   Take a Ride With Me
  50.   Ask Her for Water
  51.   Mother's Gone
  52.   When Are You Coming Back Home
  53.   I Was Born in a Swamp
  54.   Can't Be Touched
  55.   Here Comes Papa
  56.   Somebody's Knockin'
  57.   Killing Floor
  58.   Happy Go Lucky Psychopath
  59.   Rock Me Baby
  60.   Let Me In
  61.   Sail On
  62.   Backdoor Man
  63.   Where You Been
  64.   Come Back Home

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