John Ford

John Ford

 Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Acoustic Blues, Folk & Soul. Think Stephen Stills and/or Greg Allman - Also into Elliott Smith, Evan Dando & Damien Jurado for their mellow vocals and song structure, Chris Smither for his weathered voice and the Rollings Stones for ???

Biography

I am John Ford (Born “Larry Dean Ford” Son of Hobert & Foneva, Brother of Martin). Stole my cousin’s name because there’s another Larry Ford (The Gospel Singer) that’s a lot better known than I am and because “Larry” sounds like “Larry the Cable Guy” and I can’t tell jokes all that well. As you can sense I have big hang up about the name change thing.

Anyway, I write songs, play guitar and sing. I live near Cincinnati, Ohio with my wife Pam, and our daughter Eva.

Played with a band called "Rubber Soul" from 1981 to 1986. We played - (give you one guess) Classic Rock before the term was being used by every radio station in the country, had a song on WEBN's Album Project in 1986 - I saw The Replacements in 1985, which kind of changed my perspective on music - Started a band called "The Zero" in 1987 - did original music for next to nothing (Although we did play with Government Cheese (Tommy Wommack’s old band) in Lexington KY a few times and got to warm up Guadalcanal Diary) The Zero fizzled out in 1993. Formed a band called Einstein Splatter which eventually became The Einsteins in 1996 with Kevin Fox, Jason Phelps (The Reds are on the Radio Dude) and Jason Armstrong, had a song on Pepsi Jammin on Main CD Sampler '98 - The Einstiens were done by 1998. In 2002 tried the Alt Country Thing with "The Forty Watt Rodeo" everyone was in other projects so we could hardly ever play - it lasted till 2003. At present I’m playing solo acoustic guitar at various venues, most of which are not bars. As Dad use to say "I wonder if Elvis got started this way"

Just to let you know where I’m coming from, my influences include – Chris Smither, John Prine, Elliot Smith, Damien Jurado, Son Volt, Wilco, The Lemonheads, Pavement, The Pixies, Nirvana, Husker Du, The Replacements, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, British Invasion, Delta Blues, Rhythm & Blues / Soul.

Lyrics

Injection of the Blues

Written By: John Ford

Injections of the Blues

My soul needs an injection of a serum called the blues
Eyes to cold to cry with and a heart I cannot use
I laid it out to Jesus just to get it off my chest
Now he's takin' to the bottle, cuz he got so damned depressed

Now I'm runnin' from the devil
And I'm a runnin' out of time
You say your heart is broken - well so is mine

My baby says she loves me
But you know she'll soon be gone
When the party's almost over
And the midnight's turned to dawn
She'll settle for some rich man
She know's will treat her right
But she'll think of me when she's crazy
In the middle of the night

Now I'm runnin' from the devil
And I'm a runnin' out of time
You say your heart is broken - well so is mine

Well I've been to old Kentucky
And I've been to San Antone
And I've sang the blues for thousands
But mostly all alone

Well I'm drinking down on your freedom
Living on your lie
So tell me to work a little harder
As you look me in the eye

We'll Be Fine

Written By: John Ford

WE'LL BE FINE

I LOVE YOU
YOU KNOW I DO
I THINK WE'RE GETTIN MARRIED
CUZ THE TEST TURNED BLUE
A SMALL WEDDING IN MAY
IF THATS OK
WE CAN LIVE WITH THE FOLKS
NOW WHAT CAN THEY SAY

WE CAN BOTH FIGURE OUT
WHAT IT'S ABOUT THIS TIME
HONEY WILL BE FINE

GIVE ME A SMILE
AND AFTER A WHILE
I'LL MAKE SOME TIPS AT THE BAR
SINGING "LEFT OF THE DIAL"
WE CAN MUDDLE ALONG
TO EACH OTHER BELONG
HIT THE ROAD WITH THE BAND
SELLIN OUR SONG

I KNOW I CAN'T DANCE
WHO'S WEARIN' THE PANTS THIS TIME
HONEY WE'LL BE FINE

THERE'LL BE TWIST AND TURNS
BUT THAT'S NO CONCERN OF MINE

HONEY, WE'LL BE FINE
HONEY, WE'LL BE FINE
HONEY. WE'LL BE FINE

Set List

Typically do a 1 hour or 2 hour set. The 1 hour show would be mostly my tunes with 3 or 4 covers (such as The Lemonhead's "Outdoor Type", Greatfull Dead's "Ripple", Chris Smither's "Origin of Species" or a more standard Ray Charles' "I Got A Woman" depending on the crowd.