“He stayed up all night drinking white whiskey or moonshine, “and playing the guitar,” “He kind of went on from there.” “He’d play late, then he’d spray himself with a bunch of mosquito spray and sleep in his van,”
– T-Model Ford –
T-Model Blues Blog
It never became clear when the late James Lewis Carter Ford was born. Some say in the early twenties. His record company claimed he was born in 1918 or 1919. What we all know about T-Model Ford, he was an amazing Blues musician. Black Nanny, Everything Is Gonna Be Allright and Nobody gets me Down are some great songs of Ford. His Style contains Delta Blues, Chicago, Blues and Jump/Jive Blues.
Blues Guitarist at age 58
Ford started his blues career by playing at private parties and at juke joints in Greenville. The Mississippian claimed he started playing at the age of 58. T-Model once told Will Hodgkinson journalist and writer for the Guardian, that when his fifth wife left him at age 58 she gave him a guitar, he tried to work out the sound of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, and he did good. Like any other true Rock ‘n Roller he stayed up late and drank Whisky all night long, while trying to play music.
T-model at a Blues Gig
In a recent article by EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS for Associated Press I read the next fine paragraph: Mr. Ford would show up for gigs early and often play longer than expected, even when he started experiencing heart problems in recent years, Stolle said. Mr. Ford would also swig Jack Daniels on stage and chat with the audience. Often, he’d pick out a happy-looking couple that included an attractive woman and would talk directly to the man.
True Mississippi Blues Man
T-Model Ford had a tough life, and served two years of a ten year prison sentence for killing a man in self defence. Blues Music must have released Ford from a live full of trouble. The fantastic Mr. T-Ford recorded eventually seven records with three labels.