john ford

john ford

BandAmericanaFolk

Post-folk psuedo clawhammer, carter, fingerstyle guitar blended with soulfull vocals and thoughtful lyrics. Throw in a dash of delta inspired fingerstyle blues that falls somewhere between Mississippi Fred McDowell and Lightning Hoipkins, add a resonator and a harpoon. Shake gently. Serve.

Biography

Just out of high school, John realized that writing songs and playing the guitar was a great way to meet chicks. Besides, Woody Guthrie was pretty impressive in an unwashed kind of way. After gigging around for a couple of years, his musical path took a different direction: In radio. But even after a whole bunch of years in the cesspool of broadcasting, the passion for writing songs and playing the guitar, like a persistant rash, never completely goes away.

John is a Fort Lauderdal-Florida native currently living in Manhattan, but he's spent time in Texas, Cali, Detroit and a couple of nights in a motel room in Oxnard.

Influences (not necessilarly in any order) : Lightning Hopkins, Bruce Cockburn, T Bone Burnette, Charlie Patton, Maybelle Carter, Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Blind Willie Johnson, Joni Mitchell, Rasan Roland Kirk, Steve Jobs.

Lyrics

Jessie's Day

Written By: John Ford - Eric True

jessie Lives near the clouds
and she dreams thru the days
oh she dreams of her sailor
and his duty far away

and the day's they roll on
in the cool mountain air
and the words that he spoke
echo back from there

jessie wait for the day
I'll be coming back home
and your mother's a tailor
she can sew you a gown

when that final ship sails in
on the valley bay again
they'll be singing in the mountains
wedding bells join us then

there's a picture on the wall
of her smiling sailor boy
and his smile is a promise
of tomorrow's lovin joy

and her waiting arms unfold
like a flowing gown held dear
and she stares down the mountain
through a flowing vail of tears

jessie wait for the day
I'll be coming back home
and your mother's a tailor
she can sew you a gown

when that final ship sails in
on the valley bay again
they'll be singing in the mountains
wedding bells join us then

well the wars they come raging
to curse a sailors world
and a missing lovers promise
in a lonely mountain girl

on a quiet valley evening
the whisper breezes play
you can still hear the echo
off the cliffs of jessie's bay

jessie wait for the day
I'll be coming back home
and your mother's a tailor
she can sew you a gown

when that final ship sails in
on the valley bay again
they'll be singing in the mountains
bells will ring again

I knew I'd hit rock bottom (when I woke up on top of you)

Written By: John Ford

well I lost my house in a hurricane
to the screamin wind and the driving rain
the roof rose off with a vengeful sound
grabbed my kids and went underground
when the work dried u, couldn't get no pay
started drinkin' all night and sleepin all day
still I thought I'd seen some hard times
my share of bad luck too
but I knew I'd hit rock bottom
when I woke up on top of you
I was standing downtown by the dirty old graves
when blue turned to black and the sky went grey
pointed my feet across Roebling's bridge
prayed to the lord,"don't get worse than this"
till the woman I loved wouldn't pay me no mind
started rubbin' the gun till I bout went blind
(ch)
they say the further down the deeper it gets
others swear there ain't no end
when you crawl to the top there's a big black hole
looking up from where you've been
then someone whispers softly
so tender and so true
I thought I'd hit rock bottom
till I woke up on top of you

Discography

A DIY CD of stripped naked acoustic demos "Exit Wounds" can be purchased at the site above.

Set List

Originals: Beale Street, Jessie's Day, New River, I Cried Like This, !0 Minutes Alone With You, End of the Railroad Line, Listening to Ghosts, Hollywood & Highland, This Raging Fire, Oh Jackie, I Wish God Had a Telephone, Inverse Curve. Tucomcary Carried Larry Away, Make a Believer Out of You, Fall Down with the Angel (what... you need more?)

I'll do a couple of covers. It could be a Woody Guthrie or Townes Van Zandt song or maybe Gillian Welch, The Carter Family or a Graham Parsons tune. But no, I don't know Margaritaville.