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...former Black Crowe back rockin' the blues...
on 13 September 2008
Marc Ford first came to public attention with Burning Tree before being snaffled up by the Black Crowes in 1991, contributing to their finest albums, before being fired in 1997. He went on to work with Blue Floyd, Gov't Mule, Chris Stills as well as touring and recording with Ben Harper before getting the call for the Black Crowes "All Join Hands" reunion tour in 2005, his guitar sound being an integral part of what made them one of the finest live bands around.
However, 2006 saw him fax his resignation through a couple of days before the next leg of their tour. Who knows what made Ford jump ship at short notice (and he can't legally say what it was, but keeping sober seems to have been his priority), but to abandon the rock and roll dream for humping gear and going back to the clubs, there must have been a damn good reason. A month later he began recording "Weary and Wired", with his old Burning Tree cohorts Muddy Dutton and Doni Gray-Ford.
After touring that record, he's back with a new album and a new band, and it's an absolute cracker. You won't hear better electric Blues guitar playing and although Ford isn't the best singer in the world, he does bring conviction to his words. He also hands over the vocal spotlight to Mike Malone on a few tunes, so you may find 'Don't Get Me Killed' and ''Pay For My Mistakes' more rounded.
Elsewhere, Ford takes you on a journey through the kind of Southern Blues that the Allmans Brothers spearheaded back in the seventies, although he stays more in a funky Wet Willie vibe. It's great from beginning to end, and is, without doubt, one of my albums of the year.