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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.   I Love You Baby
  3.   Bad Man
  4.   That's Alright
  5.   Sugar Farm
  6.   Somebody's Knockin'
  7.   Love Me
  8.   We Don't Understand
  9.   Can't Be Touched
  10.   Look What All You Got
  11.   Cut You Loose
  12.   Love Me All Night Long
  13.   44 Blues
  14.   Big Boss Man
  15.   The Duke
  16.   Yes, I'm Standing
  17.   Ask Her for Water
  18.   To the Left to the Right
  19.   Let Me In
  20.   The Old Number
  21.   Killing Floor
  22.   I Love You, Babe
  23.   Porch Step
  24.   Sallie Mae
  25.   Talkin' It
  26.   Here Comes Papa
  27.   Black Nanny
  28.   T-Model Theme Song
  29.   Pop Pop Pop
  30.   She Asked Me So I Told Her
  31.   Red's Houseparty
  32.   Where You Been
  33.   I'm Coming to Kick Yer Asses
  34.   Hi-Heel Sneakers
  35.   My Babe
  36.   Hip Shakin Woman
  37.   These Eyes
  38.   Talk to You
  39.   Chicken Head Man
  40.   Happy Go Lucky Psychopath
  41.   That's Alright Mama
  42.   I Was Born in a Swamp
  43.   Backdoor Man
  44.   Two Trains
  45.   Everything's Gonna Be Alright
  46.   Stella Got Mad
  47.   Hip Shaking Woman
  48.   Mistreatin' Woman
  49.   Come Back Home
  50.   Let the Church Roll On
  51.   Feels So Bad
  52.   Rock Me Baby
  53.   Ugly Ass Grin