Marc Ford Biography

Marc Ford’s first record was with CBS Records’ renowned retro blues rockers Burning Tree in the late 1980s. Burning Tree’s self-titled debut album was a much-heralded debut among guitar aficionados and led to Ford being asked to join the Black Crowes. Ford put his stylized guitar stamp on the Black Crowes’ second record, “The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion,” which went to number one on the Billboard charts, eventually going double platinum. Ford continued recording and touring with the band through its next two releases, 1994’s “Amorica” and 1996’s “Three Snakes and One Charm,” and made two additional records with the band, “Tall” and “The Band,” which were recorded in the ‘90s and remained unreleased until 2006.

After a playing in a number of popular touring groups, Ford accepted an invitation to join Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals and toured with them, recording an EP and DVD, both entitled “Live at the Hollywood Bowl.” Ford continued to work with Ben Harper and his band and won a Grammy Award in 2004 for his involvement with Ben Harper and the Blind Boys of Alabama’s record, “There Will Be A Light.” Ford also appears on Ben Harper and the Blind Boys o Alabama’s DVD “Live at the Apollo.”

Ford was asked to rejoin the reunited Black Crowes to record “All Join Hands” and tour while also continuing to work with Harper, appearing on his 2006 album “Both Sides of the Gun.” After the 2006 release of the Black Crowes’ double CD and DVD “Into the Fog,” recorded live at the Fillmore, Ford left the band and began making plans to record “Weary and Wired,” his first CD for the Blues Bureau International label. This significant recording showed Ford’s strength as a singer/songwriter, fueled by large doses of the phenomenal guitar work that fans and reviewers have compared to guitar masters such as Clapton, Hendrix and Beck.

After touring for much of 2007 in support “Weary and Wired,” Ford entered the studio earlier this year and delivered a blues infused set of original songs where his guitar is featured front and center. Assembling a top flight group culled from the best blues musicians in Southern California, the advance feedback for “Marc Ford & the Neptune Blues Club” is that Ford has delivered his finest studio work to date.

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