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The core of the Ford Blues Band is a quartet featuring drummer/singer Patrick Ford (Robben's brother), guitarist/singer Volker Strifler, bassist Dewayne Pate, and harpist/vocalist Andy Just. For this project, a horn section and keyboards are added with one appearance apiece by Mark and Gabriel Ford. The music is always blues-based even when it is soul, R&B-ish, an easy-to-take lecture on the blues ("One Man's Opinion"), and one song reminiscent of retro-swing. Although none of the players are individual virtuosos or innovators, the Ford Blues Band puts on a program full of variety, sincere feelings, and solid, danceable blues. Another Fine Day is an excellent example of their playing.

Biography

Formed: Ukiah, CA

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

After leaving Ukiah, CA, and moving south to San Francisco to form the Charles Ford Band (named for their father) in the late '60s with harmonica player Gary Smith, brothers Pat (drums) and Robben (guitar) were enlisted by Charlie Musselwhite and were pivotal members of one of the best aggregations the harpist ever led. Leaving Musselwhite after recording Arhoolie's Takin' My Time, they recruited bassist Stan Poplin and younger brother Mark, then age 17, on harmonica and played under the name the...
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