The Ford Blues Band

Decades: 1990s 2000s


Brothers Robben Ford (Robben Lee Ford, 16 December 1951, Woodlake, California, USA; guitar), and Patrick Ford (drums/vocals), teamed up with Gary Smith (harmonica), in San Francisco, California in the late 60s to form the Charles Ford Band, which was named for their father, a guitarist. The brothers were then hired by Charlie Musselwhite to back him for a spell. After the Musselwhite engagement ended, the brothers brought in another brother, Mark Ford (harmonica), and Stan Poplin (bass) to form the Real Charles Ford Band. This was in the early 70s and in this format, and owing to powerful live performances, the band developed a strong following and many admirers within the profession. Playing contemporary urban blues, they were fluent improvisers and often in concert would develop themes far longer than was ever heard on record.

Robben Ford subsequently built a very successful solo career and became a very influential blues guitarist. Pat...

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