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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

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

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