“John Ford taps the roots of blues, giving those fortunate enough to hear him, a lesson in Blues 101..... ”
— Andrew Benson - Depot BBQ
It’s pre war blues, old school country, southern gospel and the history behind the music. John Ford assimilates the blues of the 1920’s and 30’s, the blues of Robert Johnson and Son House, a bit of 1940's country and a pinch of gospel rhythm, and comes up with his own brand of the roots experience.
Ford has been writing since his early teens, growing up in New Richmond, Ohio a small river town 20 miles east of Cincinnati. “Whether it be a new song I’ve written or an old song from the 1930’s, I play what I fall in love with."
John's most recent album "John Ford Live at Morehead State University" was released in early 2020. With some of the area's finest musicians playing along, Ford performs some classic blues standards as well as his original tune " Ma Sibbi's Chicken and Dumplins" an ode to his grandmother.
In 2016, he released "The John Ford Blues Society", his first full length album.
John recorded the 2014 EP "Songs From Room 414" at The Gunter Hotel in San Antonio Texas – the hallowed ground where Robert Johnson recorded 16 out of his 27 songs in November of 1936.
His first EP, “Injection of the Blues” was released in 2011.
Over the past few years he has performed at venues through out the Midwest and South including" The Shack Up Inn" in Clarksdale Mississippi and BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups in St. Louis, as well as opening for Cedric Burnside, Patrick Sweaney, Damon Fowler and Ruthie Foster.