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

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