Sunday 20th September 2009
James Lewis Carter Ford (born in Forest, Mississippi, 1924) is an American blues musician better known by his stage name, T-Model Ford. Unable to remember his exact date of birth, he began his musical career in his early seventies and has continuously recorded for the Fat Possum Records label.
His musical style melds traditional Chicago blues and juke joint blues styles with the rawness of Delta blues and the rebellious attitude of 1970s-style punk. Also known as “The Taildragger”, Ford, in reference to his age, has been known to tell studio musicians, “T-Model Ford is going to remember you sorry fuckers how it’s done. “
Genuine black-American blues, the real thing!
Real Life History of the man himself…
James Ford grew up working various blue collar jobs as early as his preteen years, such as plowing fields, working at a sawmill, and later in life becoming a lumber company foreman and then a truck driver. However, when reflecting on this time in his life, Ford recalls, “I could really stomp some ass back then. I was a sure-enough-dangerous man.”
During his tenure as a truck driver, working another job at a log camp, Ford was sentenced to ten years on a chain gang for murder.
He ensuingly spent many of his years in conflicts with law enforcement. When asked about his run-ins with the law, he jokes, “I don’t know [how many times I’ve been to jail]. How many? Every Saturday night there for awhile.”
Currently, Ford resides in Greenville, Mississippi, and claimed to be 88 at his birthday celebration in June 2008. According to records, his birth was somewhere between 1921 and 1925. According to his half-sister (still alive in Tennessee), he was born in 1922.
According to Ford, he is not retiring. “No way … only the good lord knows when I’m gonna stop.” To that end, Mr Ford has said he has had a dream that he will live to 110. At that rate, he’s got over twenty years left.
more info here… http://www.fatpossum.com/artists/tmodel.html
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