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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.   I'm Coming to Kick Yer Asses
  3.   That's Alright
  4.   Feels So Bad
  5.   Happy Go Lucky Psychopath
  6.   She Asked Me So I Told Her
  7.   Nobody Gets Me Down
  8.   Bad Man
  9.   Junk
  10.   Chicken Head Man
  11.   Pop Pop Pop
  12.   Where You Been
  13.   I Love You Baby
  14.   Ask Her for Water
  15.   Hip Shaking Woman
  16.   T-Model Theme Song
  17.   Look What All You Got
  18.   Cut You Loose
  19.   I Got a Home
  20.   To the Left to the Right
  21.   Here Comes Papa
  22.   Turkey and the Rabbit
  23.   That's Alright Mama
  24.   Sallie Mae
  25.   Black Nanny
  26.   If I Had Wings, Pt. 2
  27.   If I Had Wings, Pt. 1
  28.   Killing Floor
  29.   Talk to You
  30.   Two Trains
  31.   My Babe
  32.   Morning Gown
  33.   Big Boss Man
  34.   Everything's Gonna Be Alright
  35.   Porch Step
  36.   The Old Number
  37.   Ugly Ass Grin
  38.   How Many More Years
  39.   Talkin' It
  40.   Stella Got Mad
  41.   Can't Be Touched
  42.   Come Back Home
  43.   We Don't Understand
  44.   When Are You Coming Back Home
  45.   Wood Cuttin' Man
  46.   Mother's Gone
  47.   Love Me
  48.   Sugar Farm
  49.   Yes, I'm Standing
  50.   Let Me In
  51.   Leave My Heart Alone
  52.   I Was Born in a Swamp
  53.   Sail On
  54.   Let the Church Roll On
  55.   Rock Me Baby
  56.   The Duke
  57.   Been a Long Time
  58.   These Eyes
  59.   I'm Insane
  60.   Backdoor Man
  61.   Love Me All Night Long
  62.   Take a Ride With Me
  63.   Somebody's Knockin'
  64.   44 Blues

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