What I Heard This Morning: T-Model Ford

T-Model Ford is ninety years old and could probably mop the floor with our current roster of auto-tuned R&B hacks. Though I'd rather not belabor the point about old vs. young, hearing a ninety year old blues man strum a guitar and kick out something genuine makes you wonder when popular culture lost the plot and settled for third-rate. Check out "Comin' Back Home" and listen to an old man play some good music.

Via Pavement PR:

90-YEAR OLD BLUES LEGEND T-MODEL FORD TO RELEASE NEW TALEDRAGGER LP WITH GRAVELROAD JANUARY 11TH ON ALIVE RECORDS

T-MODEL FORD HEADS BACK OUT ON THE ROAD FOR A FEW SOUTHERN JUKE/DIVE SHOWS IN DECEMBER BEFORE EMBARKING ON ADDITIONAL TOUR DATES IN 2011




Recorded during a 14 show US tour this year, the groove on this new studio album is pure T-Model Ford. Backed by his regular touring band GravelRoad, and with stellar guest appearances by Brian Olive and Matthew Smith,
Taledragger is a perfect party album with the feel and honesty of a night at the juke joint.

Despite a mild stroke in April 2010, T-Model still plays with an intensity and consistency that belies his age. Now 90-years old, the self proclaimed “Boss of the Blues” continues to show his strengths. Playing the blues is his life, he knows no other way. The well-documented Bad Man can be noted to, at times, simply have it bad, man.

T-Model Ford's new
Taledragger album will be released on January 11, 2011 through Alive Records on color vinyl (limited to 900 copies), 180 gram vinyl (limited to 100 copies and available exclusively by mailorder through Alive Records), as well as CD and digital formats.

"More eccentric than innovative, Ford revisits riffs and motifs well-known in both Delta and Chicago blues. But he has an advantage over ’30s performers, who were limited by the three-minute running time of 78-rpm records. The guitarist slips, lurches and churns until the groove becomes hypnotic. T-Model Ford may not be an originator, but when he bends a song like taffy, he twists it into a shape that is his alone." – Mark Jenkins / WASHINGTON POST

“This is no music for the precious and wanky-fedora-headed-claptonite-bloozers who whine about sh*t being out of tune and wring their hands over a guitar being japanese-made. This is primal jankety-ass rattlin’ and buzzin’ raw music.” - DEEP BLUES BLOG

TALEDRAGGER TRACK LISTING:
1. Same Old Train
2. Comin' Back Home
3. How Many More Years
4. Someone's Knocking On My Door
5. Big Legged Woman
6. I Worn My Body For So Long
7. Red Dress
8. Little Red Rooster

T-MODEL FORD'S DECEMBER JUKE JOINTS & DIVE BARS OF THE SOUTH SHOWS

Dec. 9 White Water Tavern / Little Rock, AR
Dec. 10 Hi-Tone Cafe / Memphis, TN
Dec. 11 JJ’s Bohemia / Chattanooga, TN
MORE 2011 TOUR DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON


T-MODEL FORD (Photo: Robert Matheu)

FOR MORE INFO ON T-MODEL FORD:
http://www.alive-totalenergy.com/x/?page_id=1054

http://www.myspace.com/tmodelfordandgravelroad


Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead
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