Robben Ford Band
Five Grammy nominations, three decades of solo career, collaborations with Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Kiss, Bob Dylan, but not only this: Ford is among the hundred most important guitarists of the 20th century, according to Musician, and is a founding member of the Yellowjackets, one of the most successful fusion bands. There is no doubt that Robben Ford is a guitar hero of our times: a very popular guitarist who, when on stage, unites technique and heart, as is asked of a true bluesman. And it is the blues that is at the centre of the sound universe of Ford, who has, however, consigned his name to the history of rock, jazz and fusion.
Ford’s roots lie in the great heritage of American popular music, which he assimilated as a child by following in his father’s footsteps: his father Charles was also a blues guitarist and Robben began to play in his band in San Francisco at an early age. His hiring with two blues legends, Charlie Musselwhite and Jimmy Witherspoon, were the first steps of what would become an extraordinary career.
A long-time California resident, Ford has now moved to one of the cradles of American popular music, Nashville, in search of new inspiration. With excellent results.
On this tour, Ford is presenting his latest album, released a few months ago with the title, Purple House. In order to record some of the songs he went with the whole band to the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.