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Robben Ford: A Day In Nashville

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Singer and guitarist Robben Ford is the very definition of "eclectic."  Blues.  Blues/rock.  Jazz.  Jazz/rock.  Rock.  Pop.  Country.  Robben plays whatever sounds good to Robben. Actually, "eclectic" doesn't come close to encompassing his chops. 

Ford's new album A Day In Nashville is a case in point. Recorded all in one day, at the Sound Kitchen studio in Nashville, it's full of songs that echo in your head long after your first hearing. 
 
He first formed a band with his brothers in Ukiah, California, the Charles Ford Blues Band — named after their father.  That band toured and recorded with Charlie Musselwhite and Jimmy Witherspoon.   Robben eventually joined saxophonist Tom Scott in one of the best "fusion" groups of the 70's, the LA Express.  
 
That band toured with George Harrison, and recorded with Joni Mitchell.  Robben recorded his first solo album, The Inside Story, with a band that became the Yellowjackets.  He also recorded with Kiss and played Montreux with Miles Davis.  Musician magazine named Robben Ford one of the 100 best guitarists of the 20th century.
 
Robben came on the WBGO Blues Hour with his 2013 album Bring It Back Home, and talked about one of the cooler twists of his group:  a blues band with a trombone.  Given that the trombone so closely resembles the range and timbre of the human voice, trombonist Barry Green sometimes sounds like a chorus singing along with Robben as they play together.   
 
"Ain't Drinkin' Beer No More"  is a highlight of this new album which features Green's trombone as well as the Hammond B3 organ of Ricky Peterson.   "Cut You Loose" is another hit track, a blues standard by Mel London that James Cotton and Buddy Guy have recorded.  
 
So… enjoy your first hearing of the new Robben Ford album on wbgo.org/radar…
 
    - Michael Bourne, host of The WBGO Blues Hour
 
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