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VINE VOICEon 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.
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on 30 July 2009
Personally I think Marc Ford is one of the best percussive guitarists I've ever heard. Reference Black Crowes Southern Harmony for his amazing guitar pieces that utilise pick scrapes, slides, hammers etc. to stunning effect. There are flashes of similar here, but don't expect everything to be My Morning Song - as an overall songwriter, Mr Ford is not in the league of the Robinson Brothers, but he can still knock out some guitar lines that will keep you happy. Personally if you want an intro to his work, get Southern Harmony, or if you want to get into his solo stuff, buy Weary and Wired, which is a far better overall album
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on 19 June 2011
Marc Ford's Neptune Blues Club is great if you're a Blues lover and want to expand your love of the genre into more areas.
Basically, there are two types of excellent Blues musicians: purists (like Buddy or Lucky) and musicians that came from other genres and "discovered" Blues later in their career. The latter kind (like Tom Petty in Mojo and Marc Ford here) bring something extra that, while not sounding like "Pure" Blues, is certainly worth listening to.
This album has great Blues rhythms and licks, good guitar solos, and a little something extra that I'm sure you'll enjoy.
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on 16 September 2009
As a huge fan of what Marc Ford brought to the Black Crowes' sound, I was compelled to seek out and explore his solo catalogue too. Overall, his second solo album has the better songs, but his absolute best song, or my favourite at least, Mothers Day, features on this album. It has some magic Marc Ford guitar moments that remind you how he made the Black Crowes a truly great band rather than a very good band.
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on 20 December 2008
Short and sweet review, if you love a good music cd this is a must. I have to say I have both his solo albums, the 1st bought on the back of being a seasoned Black Crowes fan which I loved. The second album however, is just outstanding and for me a contender for album of the year.

Give it a try, you won't be disappointed
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on 5 May 2014
I'm a big fan of the Crowes and have seen them many times with and without Marc Ford. He seems to be the best guitarist that they had and I can't wait to see him on his british tour later in the month.
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