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  posted on 5/10/2018 at 12:22 AM
This Gent is bad-ass. Robben Ford has survived for more than a quarter century building up a quality catalogue of music. Often overlooked and underheard he brings a sweetness with his vocals and a power and grace with his guitar.

He's got a new CD coming out in late August and offered a 3 song teaser for the crowd to sample, Very nice! He stated how his current touring band Casey Wasner (g), Derek Phillips (d), and Ryan Madora (b) were all in the studio with him on his album.

He's got a couple North American dates left before he heads out to New Zealand for 10 dates before he heads back for a couple. I'm sure he'll be adding more dates in support of the new disc which sounds like it's a nice one.

Robben Ford Official
http://robbenford.com/

Tour Dates Page (from site/check for updates)
http://robbenford.com/?page_id=7

Fair Child
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_Btnje3D5Q

Rose Of Sharon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uX-QBKyQCsU

Indianola
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Om2HdxNUswY

Black Night
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUJmoV8yCr4

The 3 new ones.....
I'm Better Off
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHtcXQiGJUk

By The Riverside
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5p4g093q9FE

Tangle With Ya
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys4KX2ll5hA

At The Apollo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwCHQl4IvPI

Midnight Comes Too Soon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFEBPJNW6xw

Somebody's Fool
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4i18d1IgJQ

Automobile Blues
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KB7bIfUc-4o















 
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  posted on 5/10/2018 at 07:23 AM
Thanks for sharing. Been a Robben fan for around 35 years since I first saw him in L.A. In the early 80's used to play a club in Santa Monica called At My Place several times a year. I caught quite a few of those and he ALWAYS blew the walls off. He had these outrageous bands, usually Vinnie Caliauta (sp?) on drums, Russell Ferrante of The Yellowjackets on keys, Brandon Fields on sax, Roscoe Beck bass.

I know I've seen Robben 15 times now, the last being at The Mammoth Mountain Blues Festival three years ago. As he did that night, he ALWAYS delivers the goods live. That show really blew everyone away, just a trio. So in response I bought his latest at the time, Into The Sun, and was really underwhelmed by it. The second video you posted, Rose Of Sharon, is from that record. I will say that another recent one, A Day In Nashville, (before Into The Sun), is a really strong R&B record. But overall his records seem to be largely hit or miss.

Robben has some quirks, as in an extreme phobia of having his picture taken. According to a friend, at a show here in San Jose 7 or 8 years ago, Robben's brother Pat who was playing drums at this show nearly came to blows with an audience member who refused to stop taking pictures. So I am somewhat surprised that you were allowed to sit there and shoot that much video.





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  posted on 5/10/2018 at 03:42 PM
Isn't there some sort of connection between Robben Ford and somebody in the ABB camp? Maybe just a sit in or a co-bill or something? I seem to recall that.

 

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  posted on 5/10/2018 at 06:39 PM
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Robben has some quirks, as in an extreme phobia of having his picture taken.


Some folks prefer not to have their picture taken. Life molds us all and we all have our own cause, effect, & preferences. I've always thought of phobias as fears. I don't think he fears the pic's, I think he just prefers not to? Sometimes folks sign items at the end of a show and demand no pictures, Some I've attributed it to habits of constant road travelers, some it's deeper. I've accepted it all. Robin Trower recently signed stuff outside the venue from the front seat of the van pointing north and was strict about no pictures. I was at the stand post show talking with a sweet lady at the table and Robben was in good spirits and posed for a pic with the wife and I.

A talented Gent for sure.


 

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  posted on 5/10/2018 at 08:41 PM
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Thanks for sharing. Been a Robben fan for around 35 years since I first saw him in L.A. In the early 80's used to play a club in Santa Monica called At My Place several times a year


Nice.


Living at the beach in San Diego from the early 80's and on through the teens; La Jolla, was just up Mission Blvd and was home to quite a few very busy Bars and Bistros and a couple of fantastic music venues, one of note, "The Blue Parrot"..A tiny Jazz club, located right in the Heart of "The Jewel" and with a capacity of no more than 25-30?...You were literally right in front of the Musicians, no matter where you stood or leaned. This is where I first saw And heard Robben play....Maybe 83 or 4?

 

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  posted on 5/10/2018 at 09:23 PM
The ABB connect is that he played with 'Gregg Allman and Friends' for one brief tour. Not sure it was a good fit.

 

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  posted on 5/12/2018 at 11:15 AM
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The ABB connect is that he played with 'Gregg Allman and Friends' for one brief tour. Not sure it was a good fit.



I thought it was a great fit!

Robben Ford also guested with The Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule at Warren Haynes Christmas Jam in Asheville, NC, 2008. He also played guitar that weekend for Michael Franti's entire set (which also guested John Paul Jones).

Even a bit of smile when we had our picture taken at Asheville Airport!








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