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December 16, 1951 |
Woodlake, California, United States
|Genres||Blues, jazz/fusion, rock|
|Associated acts||John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Yellowjackets, Chick Corea, Gregg Allman Band, L.A. Express|
|Baker Guitars Robben Ford Signature Model|
Robben Ford (born December 16, 1951) 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 and KISS. He was named one of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century" by Musician magazine.
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 of their father.
At age 18, Ford's band was hired to play with Charlie Musselwhite. and recorded two albums The Charles Ford Band and Discovering the Blues. He recorded two albums with Jimmy Witherspoon  called Live and Spoonful. In the 1970s, Ford joined the jazz fusion band, L.A. Express,  led by saxophonist Tom Scott. In 1974 the band supported George Harrison on his American tour and played on the Joni Mitchell albums, Court and Spark, Hissing of Summer Lawns and Miles of Aisles.
After leaving the L.A. Express in 1976, Robben Ford recorded his solo album, The Inside Story with a band that later became the Yellowjackets. In 1982, Ford was one of several guitarists who appeared on the KISS album Creatures of the Night, playing lead guitar on the songs "Rock And Roll Hell" and "I Still Love You".
Ford worked briefly with Miles Davis in 1986; and can be heard on Davis' Montreux box set. Ford released his album, Talk to Your Daughter in 1988. He joined Philippe Saisse, Marcus Miller and J.T. Lewis in the cast of The Sunday Night Band for the second and final season of the late-night NBC television program, Sunday Night in 1989. In the 1990s he released the albums, Robben Ford and the Blue Line, and Tiger Walk.
Robben Ford has received five Grammy Award nominations and was named one of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century" by Musician magazine. He credits pianist and arranger Roger Kellaway and saxophonist and arranger Tom Scott as a major influence on his musical development, who he met while playing for Joni Mitchell.
Robben Ford uses Dumble Amplifiers and Celestion G12-65 speakers. When traveling abroad he uses Fender Super Reverb amplifiers along with a Zendrive overdrive pedal by Hermida Audio. Sometimes he plays a vintage 1960 Fender Telecaster, Gibson Les Pauls or a guitar custom-made by Taku Sakashta. Currently, Ford travels with just two vintage guitars: a 1966 Epiphone Riviera (with the original Bigsby trem removed and replaced with a stop tailpiece) and the 1960 Fender Telecaster.
With the Blue Line
With the Ford Blues Band
With the Yellowjackets
With Mark Ford
Albums played on
As sideman With Charlie Musselwhite
With Joni Mitchell
With Tom Scott and the LA Express
With Dizzy Gillespie
With Charlie Musselwhite
With Jimmy Witherspoon
With Georgie Fame
With Rickie Lee Jones
With Bob Malach
With Miles Davis
With David Sanborn
With Neil Larsen
With Ruthie Foster
- Scott Yanow. "Robben Ford". Allmusic. Retrieved November 27, 2011.
- Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. p. 110. ISBN 1-85868-255-X.
- Bob Porter radio show Dec. 8, 2012, on WBGO "Portraits in Blue"
- Sunday Night - episode #121 (1989), Broadway Video, Inc.
- Lindell, Karen, Ojai's Robben Ford doesn't mince words, or licks, on his Grammy-nominated Blues CD, Ventura County Star, Jan. 32, 2008
- Vervemusicgroup.com information
- "Robben Ford Guitar Lesson". Blues Revolution, True Fire. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
- Vintage Guitar magazine interview (published on April 29, 2001).
- Premier Guitar magazine interview (published March 19, 2014).
- Official website
- 2007 Modern Guitars interview by Brian D. Holland
- Interview at Digital Interviews
- 'Worried Life Blues' Performed Live in Germany 1994
- Blue Rock It