Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The model T of guitarists

A few months back I wrote independantly about Chris and Rich Robinson; the two brothers behind one of the greatest jam bands of our generation, The Black Crowes. I thought I had kicked that horse to death, but low and behold, these boys have been busy.

In addition to the brothers, Marc Ford has also done some solo work. Ford was with the Crowes from 1991 until 1997, when he was dismissed from the band, reportedly for excessive drug use (which in that band must have been ASTRONOMICAL). Since '97, he's released 3 solo albums and done collaberations with Ben Harper, Gov't Mule, and Lucinda Williams. He even had a brief reunion with the Crowes, however in the end broke back out on his own.

I'd be lying if I said Ford's stuff is as good as the Crowes, or even either of the Robinson's solo work. The fact of the matter is that Ford is not a phenominal songwriter. However, what he lacks in songwriting, he makes up for by being one of the most vicious blues-rock shredders this world has ever seen.

-My kingdom ain't worth a horse, of course