Thursday, July 22, 2010

T-Model Ford is possibly a hundred years old and still touring: Thursday's Best Bets

Posted By on Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 2:45 PM

click to enlarge T-Model Ford, tonight at Davey's.
  • T-Model Ford, tonight at Davey's.

At RecordBar, there's a fundraiser for local musician Melissa Whedon, who died two years ago of ALS. The evening includes performances from Appropriate Grammar, Future Kings, and Ace Fadal. More info here

Here's what Pitch writer Chris Parker had to say about bluesman T-Model Ford, who's something like 90 years old and performing with a full band tonight at Davey's Uptown at 8 p.m. 



He was born during the early '20s (or so he thinks) and didn't pick up a guitar until he was in his late 50s. He took to it quickly, but it would be another 15 years before his discovery by Fat Possum Records, alongside Mississippi brethren R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough and Othar Turner. Ford plays a hypnotic, chugging brand of blues, even if he's situated more at the intersection of ramshackle hill rumble and the electric Chicago blues of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. His weathered baritone isn't as flamboyant as Wolf's, though he's not above the occasional midsong yelp, and his youthful stories mark him as an irascible, hard-loving hellion. Despite adding a pacemaker to his tour get-up two years ago, he's still going strong, supporting his eighth album: an entirely acoustic release titled The Ladies Man.

Definitely a show worth checking out. 

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