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Robben Ford & The Blue Line

Robben Ford has had a diverse career. He taught himself guitar when he was 13 and considered his first influence to be Mike Bloomfield. At 18 he moved to San Francisco to form the Charles Ford Band (named after his father, who was also a guitarist), and was soon hired to play with Charlie Musselwhite for nine months. In 1971, the Charles Ford Blues Band was re-formed and recorded for Arhoolie in early 1972. Ford played with Jimmy Witherspoon (1972-1973), the L.A. Express with Tom Scott (1974), George Harrison, and Joni Mitchell. In 1977 he was a founding member of the Yellowjackets, which he stayed with until 1983, simultaneously having a solo career and working as a session guitarist. In 1986, Ford toured with Miles Davis and had two separate periods (1985 and 1987) with Sadao Watanabe, but he really seemed to find himself in 1992 when he returned to his roots: the blues. Ford formed a new group, the Blue Line, and subsequently recorded a couple of blues-rock dates for Stretch that are among the finest of his career. In 1999, he released Sunrise on Rhino and Supernatural on Blue Thumb. Ford signed to the Concord Jazz label in 2002 and released Blue Moon that same year, followed by Keep on Running in 2003 and Truth in 2007. That same year, he was a billed special guest on Larry Carlton's Live in Tokyo. He followed this with the predominantly live Soul on Ten in 2009. In 2013, Ford began his label association with Provogue, and issued the studio album Bringing It Back Home, comprised mostly of blues and R&B covers played by an all-star band. Later that year, he recorded an album with a crack band in a single day at Nashville's Sound Kitchen Studio. The end result, titled A Day in Nashville, was issued in February of 2014. A year later, Ford returned with Into the Sun, a bright soulful album produced by Niko Bolas and featuring guest spots by ZZ Ward, Keb' Mo', and Warren Haynes. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Authorized Bootleg

1. When I Leave Here

2. Chevrolet

3. Top Of The Hill

4. Start It Up

5. Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying (Live)

6. Help The Poor

7. Lovin' Cup (Live)

8. Tired Of Talkin'

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Track List: Handful Of Blues

1. Rugged Road

2. Chevrolet

3. When I Leave Here

4. The Miller's Son

5. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

6. Top Of The Hill

7. Running Out On Me

8. Tired Of Talkin

9. Good Thing

10. Think Twice

11. I Just Want To Make Love To You

12. Strong Will To Live

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Track List: Robben Ford And The Blue Line

1. The Brother (For Jimmie & Stevie)

2. You Cut Me To the Bone

3. I'm A Real Man

4. My Love Will Never Die

5. Step On It

6. Prison Of Love

7. Tell Me I'm Your Man

8. Start It Up

9. Life Song (One For Annie)

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I know Robben still has family here in Mendocino County I just wish he would come home now and then to play the blues for us music starved Mendonesians ! !
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jjram778
Some licks sound a lot like Eric Johnson
Great player
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stevie734
It's actually spelled Duke Robillard ! Great music.
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Oh my...what an artist...blo w s me away!
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My, my, my......yes, yes, yes. Sing it baby. Love you!!! I feel like all kinds of things.
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Wow, if only I had ten thumbs up!!!
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A master, a virtuoso. He creates new voices for traditional paths. Understated and just plain TASTY.
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Reminds me of Duke Remoulade... . .
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Reminds me of Duke Romalourd... . .
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I like the tone he gets out of his guitars.
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keep it up bro
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nice
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ggas61
hate to admit it but first time ive ever heard it ............ . . . . . . . . . . s o l d . Harp cooks and Robben...... . . . . . . . . . g e e z e
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How can give up seduction. Nice. To bad they aren't women. Pain pleasure. lmao
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We used to go see Robben in the early 80s at an LA club called AT my place with Vinnie Caloutta on drums, Roscoe Beck on bass, Russel Ferrante on Keys, all for 7 bucks! Man those were some good gigs, it was amazing to have him and Vinnie 12 feet from your table while playing like this...crazy !
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The harp player is brilliant
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timwecks
Ford's jazz/ blues is not only great listening, he is technically so good. His technique is precise and accurate. He and Larry Carlton are my favorite guitarists.
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Ford can really bring it. Good to hear him again.
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I had forgotten about Robben. Had listened to him when I was in SoCal. Just recently rediscovered him here on Pandora and he is my go to station!
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mpeeples46
Also...saw him with the Ford Brothers in Ukiah several years ago. They did a free concert for the local radio station in their home town. How sweet it was.
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mpeeples46
Robben Ford is my favorite guitarist... . b a r none.
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Immediately recognizable tone and style...love it!
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Check out the Yellowjacket s . Great stuff.
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barclaybarne t t
Give me something for the pain....
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wayside56
His mix of Jazz and Blues is like a great New Orleans Gumbo. Robben Ford is a great Chef my all time favorite. Thanks
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lkbong
To those new to the works of RF, check out my fave Baby I'm your Man.
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artificier1
This is the first I heard of this guy. I definitely like this stuff. Thanks Pandora
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massimoorefi c e
Priceless Blues...gott a love it
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jeffery1810
Truly remarkable player ~ a great feel for hesitation & dynamics...h i s tribute album to Paul Butterfield is really worth a listen...goo d stuff...js
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crljns
Also similar: Eric Johnson
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codyleec4
He doesn't sound like anyone that I have ever heard of and that to me is very refreshing. I love the way this man plays and I hope that he continues for many, many more years to come.
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creitz83
What a great, innovative, refreshing guitarist. His blues/jazz style, especially when playing with another great--Larry Carlton--is fantastic.
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ottodogii
I first heard Robben Ford in the 70's. I recorded a live broadcast of the Playboy jazz fest somewhere in Socal. From that I got turned onto the Yellow Jackets. Saw him live at a little club in Reseda, Ca. Blew us away!
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I didn't discover him until the 90's as well and boy what a wonderful player. I think he has some roots in the Ukiah California area and he occasionally plays there, I live about 40 min from there so I get a treat once in a while.
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I didn't find out about him until the '90s, but I sure enjoy his take on the blues. Great guitarist!
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sccytogal
Great Stuff!!!
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rollydreher
When you get tired of listening to straight up blues, put on your headphones and put on Robben Ford for a breath of fresh air. If you get the chance to see him, treat yourself. You'll be glad you did.
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whoa! robben rocks
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linda_jo
robben is the shizzzzz...t h e r e is rock n roll, folk, easy rock, but there is nothing like the blues
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Oh Yeah,Oh Yeah!!!!
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johnhayes707
Oh Yeah,Oh Yeah!!!
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God here i was thinking i was the only one that new him. Sad to say never seen him, been a fan for many years.
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dougs11
My first introduction to Robben was in about '75 - brother Rick brought "The Inside Story" home on USAF leave. I think on a reel to reel tape. Glad to have known a great tenor player who always liked Tom Scott so eventually found the LA Express and the rest is a big part of my history. Thanks guy's. By the way to Karen Johns posted below...I've seen him 4 times here in Portland, Oregon. Holy crap, I was so close one night he busted me playin' air guitar with him and got a big smile out of him. H
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I would love to see him...awesom e
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Nice
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Robben never leaves anything on the shelf. Seen him 15-20 times and he always delivers. Great intonation , and phrasing on the licks.He is among my favorite players...Ri c k
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He's become my favorite guitarist, always so in the groove.
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tcwasson
Why no mention of Tiger Walk?, His 97' effort.
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I really wish Pandora would include Jing CHI! Great trio with Yellow Jacket's bass player Jimmy Haslip and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums. Ultimate psychadelic Jazz Power tiro!
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