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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

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