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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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T-Model Ford

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T-Model Ford

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T-Model Ford

  1.   Song
  2.   Let Me In
  3.   If I Had Wings, Pt. 2
  4.   Nobody Gets Me Down
  5.   Bad Man
  6.   Chicken Head Man
  7.   Somebody's Knockin'
  8.   That's Alright
  9.   T-Model Theme Song
  10.   The Duke
  11.   Look What All You Got
  12.   I'm Insane
  13.   Rock Me Baby
  14.   Red's Houseparty
  15.   Black Nanny
  16.   Pop Pop Pop
  17.   Here Comes Papa
  18.   To the Left to the Right
  19.   Sugar Farm
  20.   Cut You Loose
  21.   We Don't Understand
  22.   Killing Floor
  23.   I Love You, Babe
  24.   Talkin' It
  25.   Sallie Mae
  26.   Ask Her for Water
  27.   The Old Number
  28.   Let the Church Roll On
  29.   Can't Be Touched
  30.   I Was Born in a Swamp
  31.   Where You Been
  32.   I Love You Baby
  33.   Got a Woman
  34.   Feels So Bad
  35.   Mistreatin' Woman
  36.   She Asked Me So I Told Her
  37.   Talk to You
  38.   Big Boss Man
  39.   My Babe
  40.   Hip Shakin Woman
  41.   Backdoor Man
  42.   That's Alright Mama
  43.   Hip Shaking Woman
  44.   Been a Long Time
  45.   Come Back Home
  46.   Happy Go Lucky Psychopath
  47.   I'm Coming to Kick Yer Asses
  48.   Morning Gown
  49.   If I Had Wings, Pt. 1
  50.   Love Me All Night Long
  51.   These Eyes
  52.   Hi-Heel Sneakers
  53.   Two Trains