Saturday, June 27, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Robben Ford and the Blue Line

Artist:Robben Ford and the Blue Line
Song:Top Of The Hill
Album:Handful of Blues

Guitarist Robben Ford has been around since the 70s. He's a very versatile guy but he's mainly known as a blues guitarist. This 1995 album Handful of Blues straddles blues and rock. He was born Dec. 16, 1951 in Woodlake, CA and he grew up in Ukiah, CA. Ford and his brothers played as the Charles Ford Band as teens named after their dad. At age 18, Ford played with legendary blues harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite and he recorded a couple of albums as Charles Ford Band. Ford also recorded with Jimmy Witherspoon and he was a member of Tom Scott's jazz fusion group L.A. Express. They recorded albums and they toured with Joni Mitchell. In the 80s, he recorded for Warner Bros. and he was a member of the jazz fusion group The Yellowjackets. He also played with Miles Davis in the mid-80s. Ford credits Tom Scott for his ability to play any kind of music. Ford left Warner Bros. in 1988 and signed with Chick Corea's Stretch Records in 1992. Stretch was distributed by GRP/Universal. Handful of Blues was released in 1995. It was produced by session guitarist and veteran producer Danny Kortchmar. Musicians include jazzman Henry Butler on piano, Roscoe Beck on bass and Tom Brechtlein on drums. Butler has recorded as a leader since the 80s. Beck and Brechtlein are veteran session musicians. Beck has worked with Jennifer Warnes and Leonard Cohen. Brechtlein has worked with Chick Corea and Wayne Shorter. Guests include Ford's brother Mark Ford on harmonica and Ricky Peterson on organ. In recent years, Ford recorded for Concord and now for the Dutch label Provogue owned by Mascot Label Group. His latest CD Into The Sun was released Mar. 2015 and includes guest appearances by Keb Mo, Robert Randolph, ZZ Ward, Warren Haynes and Sonny Landreth. Most of Ford's tour this year will be in Europe but he will also make a few appearances in the US and South America. Here's Robben Ford performing Top Of The Hill.

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