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The Ford Blues Band


After departing Ukiah, CA, and moving south to SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA to create the Charles Ford Music group (named because of their father) in the later ’60s with harmonica player Gary Smith, brothers Pat (drums) and Robben (guitar) were enlisted by Charlie Musselwhite and were pivotal members of 1 of the greatest aggregations the harpist ever led. Departing Musselwhite after documenting Arhoolie’s Takin’ My Period, they recruited bassist Stan Poplin and youthful brother Mark, after that age group 17, on harmonica and performed beneath the name the true Charles Ford Music group. Heavily inspired by the initial Butterfield Blues Music group as well as the Chess catalog, the quartet was well-known for their live jazz explorations — frequently jamming for thirty minutes or more on the John Coltrane and George Benson tune — and hear-a pin-drop dynamics (with Tag abandoning mike and amp to try out acoustically in to the area or Robben turning the quantity completely away on his fat-body Gibson L-5). Muddy Waters sat along with and praised the youthful music group, and Chess Information even emerged courting, however the brothers divide on New Year’s Eve, 1971, documenting their exclusive LP posthumously, since it had been. Robben continued to main cult position via session function and sporadic single produces, and after extended hiatuses Tag and Pat continue steadily to gig round the Bay Region and European countries. Pat founded his personal Blue Rock’it label, which albums just like the Ford Blues Music group, Hot Photos and 1999 had been released. The band’s impact in North California continues to be enormous, especially among guitarists who continue steadily to ape licks Robben forgot 2 decades ago.

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Full Name Ford Blues Band
Music Songs Work Song, Another Fine Day, Blues for MB, Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, All These Blues, Mary Mary, Sahara Moon, One More Heartache, Screamin', No Amount of Loving, Peter's Trip, Tollin' Bells, I Got a Mind to Give Up Living, Everything's Gonna Be Alright, I Once Knew a Young Man, Shuffle for Walter, Blues Keeps Comin' Down, Luther's Lament, Get Yourself Together, Self Preservation, Pecos Pete, Meetin' With Some Lovin', Blues Are Back, One Way Out, Crazy for My Baby, Groovin' Is Easy, That Happy Look in Your Eye, Blue and Lonesome, Hey Sister, Killing My Love, Buddy's Advice, I Have My Doubts
Albums A Tribute to Paul Butterfield, In Memory of Michael Bloomfield, Fords & Friends, Hotshots, Live at Breminale '92, Here We Go!, The Ford Blues Band, 1999

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1 Longtime friend of Roger Stolle.
2 His father was a sharecropper.



Lohues Gets the Blues 2003 TV Movie



Big Bad Love 2001 performer: "She Asked Me So I Told Her"



Cheesehead Blues 2014 Documentary Himself
M for Mississippi: A Road Trip through the Birthplace of the Blues 2008 Documentary
You See Me Laughin' 2002 Documentary Himself
Barend en Van Dorp 1999 TV Series Himself
Delta Blues 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself

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1 [on his younger hell-raising days] I could really stomp ass back then, stomp it good. I was a sure enough dangerous man.
2 [on how often he's been in jail] Every Saturday night there for awhile.
3 I hit Greenville in 1953 and so far I love it.

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