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 songs I’ve written or an old song from the 1930’s, I play what I fall in love with”.
John Ford’s newest release, (November 2019), is a live EP called “John Ford Live” (with The John Ford Blues Society) recorded at Morehead State University on March 31st, 2016. Six songs…..five blues classics and one original song, “Ma Sibbi’s Chicken & Dumplins”. In September of 2016, John released “The John Ford Blues Society”, his first full length album, comprised of 10 tracks, it has some of the best musicians in Cincinnati playing along.
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. John’s first EP, “Injection of the Blues” was released in 2011. In 2015, John was nominated for a CEA (Cincinnati Entertainment Award).
Over the past few years he has performed at “The Shack Up Inn”, “Hambone Art Gallery”, “The Hooker Grocery & Eatery” and “Levon’s Bar & Grill” in Clarksdale Mississippi, “The Iron Horse Grill” in Jackson, Mississippi, “The Cottonwood Public House” in Vicksburg, Mississippi, “The Slippery Noodle Inn” in Indianapolis, “BB’s Jazz, Blues & Soups” in St. Louis and Honky Tonk BBQ in Chicago, as well as opening for Cedric Burnside, Patrick Sweaney, Damon Fowler and Ruthie Foster.