Chris Ford kicked off his music career in bizarre fashion, during an adventurous trip to the USA he interviewed the Velvet Underground legend John Cale for a French radio station and took the opportunity to play him some of his own songs that he had on his Walkman.
Armed with encouragement and praise from Cale, Ford played his first gigs in New York’s Greenwich Village folk venues and has never looked back.
Based back in London, Ford had been the lead singer and songwriter for two British bands, but in order to find greater self-expression he set about recording his critically acclaimed solo debut album, This Atlantic Low which was released in 2006.
Feeling the need for something more direct and simple and inspired by Springsteen’s Nebraska and Nick Drake’s Pink Moon, Ford embarked on his second album All Caught Up in 2008. The album’s raw and immediate quality was well received by fans and critics alike.
Ford’s latest EP release Into The Blue is the first release of tracks from his latest album The Light On The Hill, scheduled for release in early 2011.
With the current trend towards the singer/songwriter genre, Ford will appeal as a fantastic storyteller with well arranged and structured songs with strong melodic hooks.
The vocals reminiscent at times of Gerry Rafferty are pure and soulful and the songs will remain with you long after listening to the EP.
Chris Ford will be performing several live radio sessions during October, including BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Lancashire, and BBC Tees. This will be followed by live dates across the UK from late October into November.
Into The Blue EP track listing:
1)Into The Blue
2)The Warp Glass
3)Everything (Live BBC Radio session)
4)The Final Word (Live BBC Radio session)
Chis Ford releases the Into The Blue EP through Cooking Vinyl on October 4th. For further information and to listen to tracks from the EP visit the Chris Ford MySpace page.
If you fancy an intimate afternoon with Chris Ford you are invited to be part of the audience for his October 8th session at BBC Lancashire.