Robben Ford
* December 16, 1951
United States
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Four times Grammy Nominee Robben Ford has distinguished himself in a variety of genres, from r&b to jazz-fusion. The guitarist/singer's first love has always been the blues, an idiom he has explored at several points in his richly varied career.

The year 1979 saw the release of his solo debut album, a fusion-flavored excursion called The Inside Story. Out of that recording came the group the legendary Yellowjackets, who would go on to record two albums for Warner Records. The late 70's and early '80s were a fertile period, with session work with everyone from Little Feat to Michael McDonald, David Sanborn and a stint with jazz giant Miles Davis. "This was the period of time when people first started hearing about me," says Robben. "So consequently I was labeled 'fusion guitar player Robben Ford,' or 'L.A. session man.' And it just wasn't true. Not in my heart, anyway. And it wasn't until my second album, Talk to Your Daughter, in 1988, that I got to make my first blues offering. That album received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Recording.

The promotional tour for Talk to Your Daughter ultimately led to the formation of a full time blues-based band, Robben Ford and the Blue Line, with Roscoe Beck on bass and Tom Brechtlein on drums. The trio recorded a string of landmark '90s albums, (including a self-titled debut in '92, Mystic Mile in '93 and 1995's Handful of Blues) two of which were also nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Recording. But by the second half of the decade, Robben was once more ready for a change. After an amicable split with the Blue Line, he recorded Tiger Walk in 1997, backed by Keith Richards' rhythm section.
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