John Ford
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John Ford

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | SELF | AFM

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States | SELF | AFM
Established on Jan, 2010
Solo Blues Singer/Songwriter




"Junior's Cave Online Magazine"

John Ford sings with a certain level of passion and strength that music fans will easily gravitate towards his music. With a touch of soul laced with an acoustical tone, Ford’s music comes out sounding crispy clean. One of the biggest appeals to Ford’s music is his storytelling abilities through his songwriting skills that makes this artist’s stand out from the crowd. - Isaac Davis Jr., BGS, MBA

"Local Exposure"

“There are those who believe that - in a special place and at a special time - you can hear ghosts. Some also believe that these ghosts, under the right circumstances, can be recorded or even filmed. On October 25th, 2012, local blues singer/songwriter John Ford checked into The Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. Ford specifically requested Room 414 and, in that room, he set up a simple 1958 mono "Voice of Music" reel-to-reel tape recorder and proceeded to lay down 5 tracks in the hope of catching a ghost. Room 414 of The Gunter Hotel is precisely where, in November of 1936, blues legend Robert Johnson recorded 16 songs, destined to become the music of legend. Ford is a veteran of the Cincinnati music scene and has played a variety of music and has been writing songs since his early teens. John explains, "Whether it be songs I’ve written or an old song from the 1930’s, I play what I fall in love with." (click on link below to access the complete article and hear the audio)” - Jim Nolan, Local Exposure / WVXU Public Radio (Jan 28, 2014) - WVXU


Still working on that hot first release.



It’s pre war blues, country blues, old school blues, delta blues.....a pinch of 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 Sweeney, Damon Fowler and Ruthie