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Robben Ford

Robben Ford (born December 16, 1951)[1] is an American blues, jazz and rock guitarist. He was a member of
the L.A. Express and has collaborated with Miles Davis,
Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Larry Carlton and Kiss.
He was named one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of the
20th Century by Musician magazine.

Early life

Robben Ford was born in Woodlake, California and

raised in Ukiah, California. He began playing the saxophone at age 10 and the guitar at age 14. Robben and
his brothers created the Charles Ford Blues Band in honor Miles Davis & Robben Ford in Montreux in 1986
of their father.[2]

musical development.[7]


At age 18, Fords band was hired to play with Charlie

Musselwhite.[1] and recorded two albums The Charles
Ford Band and Discovering the Blues. He recorded two albums with Jimmy Witherspoon[3] called Live and Spoonful. In the 1970s, Ford joined the jazz fusion band, L.A.
Express,[1] led by saxophonist Tom Scott. In 1974 the
band supported George Harrison on his American tour
and played on the Joni Mitchell albums The Hissing of
Summer Lawns and Miles of Aisles.[1]

2.1 Equipment

Robben had a Signature model with Fender, produced in

Japan between 1987 and 1993. After that period, the guitar was still available for a few years, via the Fender Custom Shop, where master builder Greg Fessler was responsible for production. Their collaboration has now ceased,
which makes these guitars highly collectible and valued
After leaving the L.A. Express in 1976, Robben Ford over $5000 (used).[8]
recorded his solo album, The Inside Story with a band
Besides his current endorsement with Baker Guitars,[9]
that later became the Yellowjackets.[1] In 1982, Ford was
Robben Ford uses Dumble Ampliers and Celestion
one of several guitarists who appeared on the KISS album
G12-65 speakers. When traveling abroad he uses Fender
Creatures of the Night, playing lead guitar on the songs
Super Reverb ampliers along with a Zendrive overdrive
Rock And Roll Hell and I Still Love You.
pedal by Hermida Audio. Sometimes he plays a vinFord worked briey with Miles Davis in 1986;[1] and can tage 1960 Fender Telecaster, Gibson Les Pauls or a guitar
be heard on Davis Montreux box set. Ford released custom-made by Taku Sakashta.[10] Currently, Ford travhis album, Talk to Your Daughter in 1988. He joined els with just two vintage guitars: a 1966 Epiphone Riviera
Philippe Saisse, Marcus Miller and J.T. Lewis in the cast (with the original Bigsby tremolo removed and replaced
of The Sunday Night Band for the second and nal season with a stop tailpiece) and the 1960 Fender Telecaster.[11]
of the late-night NBC television program, Sunday Night
in 1989.[4] In the 1990s he released the albums, Robben
Ford and the Blue Line, and Tiger Walk.
Robben Ford has received ve Grammy Award 3 Personal life
nominations[5] and was named one of the 100 Greatest
Guitarists of the 20th Century by Musician magazine.[6]
He credited pianist and arranger Roger Kellaway and Ford is married to the cabaret singer Anne Kerry Ford.
saxophonist and arranger Tom Scott, whom he met while He is the uncle of current Little Feat drummer Gabe
playing for Joni Mitchell, as a major inuence on his Ford.[12]


Main article: Robben Ford discography


[1] Scott Yanow. Robben Ford. AllMusic. Retrieved

November 27, 2011.
[2] Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues: From Robert Johnson
to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. p. 110.
ISBN 1-85868-255-X.
[3] Bob Porter radio show December 8, 2012, on WBGO
Portraits in Blue
[4] Sunday Night episode #121 (1989), Broadway Video,
[5] Karen Lindell (2008-01-31). Ojais Robben Ford doesn't
mince words, or licks, on his Grammy-nominated blues
CD. VC-Star. Retrieved 2015-09-07.
[6] Archived October 26, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
[7] Robben Ford Guitar Lesson. Blues Revolution, True
Fire. Retrieved March 15, 2013.
[8] Used Fender Custom Shop Robben Ford Ultra Signature
Model Electric Guitar Three-Tone Sunburst. The Music
Zoo. Retrieved 2015-09-07.
[9] Baker Guitars, Arch Quilted or Flame Top Electric Guitars - Baker B1 Guitars. Retrieved
[10] Robben Ford. Vintage Guitar magazine. Retrieved
January 7, 2015.
[11] Rig Rundown: Robben Ford. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
[12] Welcome to the web site of Anne Kerry Ford. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
[13] Larry Carlton and Robben Ford : Unplugged Review.
Guitarhoo!. 31 March 2013. Retrieved
31 December 2014.

External links
Ocial website
2007 Modern Guitars interview by Brian D. Holland
Interview at Digital Interviews
'Worried Life Blues on YouTube Performed Live in
Germany 1994
Blue Rock It


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