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29 January 2014

A Day In Nashville released

Mascot Label Group / Provogue are delighted to announce the release of the new album, ‘A Day In Nashville’ from celebrated guitarist Robben Ford on 3 February 2014 [Cat. Nos. PRD7432]. The engaging player has received four Grammy nominations and was named one of the ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century by Musician magazine. He cut his teeth working with, initially as a teenager, the legendary Charlie Musselwhite, and went on to work with Joni Mitchell and, famously, Miles Davis. Ford is an uncompromising songsmith, a smooth player, who hits listeners in the gut with his guitar lines. Robben Ford will perform in the UK on February 22nd at London’s o2 Academy Islington.

The entire album, as the name suggests, was recorded in just a day, an anomaly by modern standards. “It just doesn’t happen today,” Ford said. “Nine songs in one day, all new music. That normally takes some time”, says Ford modestly. Guitarist Audley Freed (Black Crowes), keyboardist Ricky Peterson (David Sanborn), bassist Brian Allen (Jason Isbell), drummer Wes Little (Sting) and trombonist Barry Green (Tony Bennett) helped make ‘A Day In Nashville’ a reality. Another aspect of the album, which makes it sound like a project from yesteryear, is that each cut is its own entity. There is a common thread present but each song veers in a different direction and thus, stands on its own. You can’t pigeonhole ‘A Day In Nashville,’ which is a blues/R&B hybrid, with a tinge of jazz tossed into the sonic potpourri for good measure. The vibe of the legendary Music City studio Sound Kitchen also had an impact on the project.

‘A Day in Nashville’ is the perfect follow-up to his February 2013 album ‘Bringing It Back Home’. Although there is a similar sonic presence, this time out Ford, pens seven of the nine cuts. “I had the chance to write some new music and so I did it,” Ford said. “I enjoy recording versions of other people’s songs but I like to write music too.” Ford nails it whether delivering a pair of instrumental tunes or the seven gems, which range from the compelling (‘Midnight Comes Too Soon’) to the humorous (‘Ain’t Drinkin’ Beer No More’). The former, which includes a number of searing bluesy guitar licks and a film noir-ish story, is not set to a rhyme scheme. “It was a worthwhile exercise to break away from rhyming in songwriting,” Ford said. “Rhyme does make a song more powerful but singing words that don’t rhyme can work really well. The entire bridge doesn’t rhyme at all. You can’t put this song into a box.”

The same can be said for the complex Southern Californian, who has been anything but predictable during his 43-year career. Diversity and flair runs throughout ‘A Day in Nashville’. “I have a very diverse background and so my music is diverse as well,” Ford said. It’s that joyous wide-ranging choice of material, the amazing playing and the sheer spirit that makes this new album so vital.

For more information please contact Chris Hewlett on 0845 601 2833 or email chris@chrishewlett.com

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