Saturday, September 7th Parducci Winery’s Acoustic Café series
presents the high octane blues heroes, The Ford Blues Band. Festivities
start around 7:00 with gates opening at 6:00.
General Admission is $14 and tickets are available at Parducci Wine
Cellars tasting room, calling 463-5357 or go online at
parducci.com/Wine-Store/Event-Tickets. Food will be available throughout
the summer from The Potter Valley Café and North State Street Café with
part of the drink proceeds benefiting the Alex Rorabaugh Center (The
ARC). Seating fills quickly so be sure to show up early enough to get a
seat at 6:00.
Patrick Ford established himself on the blues scene in the early
seventies. Ford had just left a band where he played with his brother
Robben to join Charlie Musselwhite. Only a year later the Charles Ford
Band was established by all three Ford brothers, Patrick, Robben, and
Naming the band after their father Charles, was the brothers way of
honoring him. The Charles Ford Band were ground breakers in blues,
simply one of the most influential West Coast blues bands of that era.
This band has also enjoyed significant record sales to date and a loyal
cult following. Following the breakup of the CFB Patrick spent years on
the road with the likes of Charlie Musselwhite, Fenton Robinson, Luther
Tucker, Brownie McGhee, and Lowell Fulson.
After years working as a sideman to many blues greats Patrick decided
in 1988 to form a band to record many of his own ideas. With his
brother Mark, Garth Webber, and Ron Gurwitz he went into the studio and
recorded the first Ford Blues Band release. Mark was not available for
touring so he was replaced with Andy Just who has remained in the band
Over the years there have been several guitar and bass changes in the
band but the Ford stamp of originality remains consistent and there is
no doubt who is in charge here.
As a drummer, song writer, and arranger for the band Patrick is
top-notch, investing in his tunes novel yet contemporary
interpretations. He also ignites a brilliant foundation for the band to
build on. Foresight and imagination along with a real understanding of
the blues idiom are what make Patrick Ford and in turn the Ford Blues
Band, truly unique. Patrick’s recording credits exemplify his range and
his credibility in the modern blues genre. He is found on recordings
with Brownie McGhee, Jimmy Witherspoon, Luther Tucker, Charlie
Musselwhite, The Charles Ford Band, John Lee Hooker, Robben Ford, Chris
Cain, Lowell Fulson, and many others.
As a blues producer Patrick has produced some classic recordings by
artists from Europe as well as the USA. Though he has produced many
sessions for other labels such as Charlie Musselwhite’s ACE OF HARPS for
Alligator, and all of the Chris Cain releases for Blind Pig, it is the
work he does for his own Blue Rock’It Records that brings him the
As Patrick himself said it, “Being in the studio
producing my brothers, friends like Chris Cain, and the likes of Brownie
McGhee, Lowell Fulson, John Lee Hooker, Luther Tucker, and Charlie
Musselwhite, all for my own record company, has been as much joy as a
person has a right to ask for.” The last releases by the FBB have
included three of Patrick's favorite projects. Two studio projects and
one live CD done in honor of Paul Butterfield and Michael Bloomfield.
Patrick says they were the inspiration for the entire Ford brothers have
achieved and this was his thank you. Reviews of the releases have been