Five time Grammy nominee Robben Ford brings his signature style of blues and stunning guitar licks to Rockport, playing songs from his new album Into The Sun, as well as other Ford favorites from his extensive catalog of blues and rock.
It’s easy for audiences to see why this master of the six string became a go to musician for the likes of Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison and other legends. In this dynamic performance. fans have a unique opportunity to experience the depths of Ford’s vision, which equally incorporates his jazz, pop and rock chops. Robben Ford is confident and relaxed, not only in his style of playing, but with the progression of his musical journey in this lifetime. Hear how this self-taught, spirited musician continues to hone in his craft and find inspiration with each new project.
Robben Ford’s new album Into The Sun shines a bright light on his artful, contemporary songwriting and stunning playing. Robben describes the 11-song set as “one of the top recordings I’ve ever done” — a staggering observation considering his extensive discography, which embraces more than 35 albums under his own name and with his various bands. There’s also Ford’s session and sideman work, which includes hundreds of concert appearances and albums by Bonnie Raitt, Barbara Streisand, Charlie Musselwhite, KISS, Ruthie Foster, Jimmy Witherspoon and Rickie Lee Jones.
Into The Sun, which follows last year’s critically acclaimed A Day In Nashville and 2013’s Bringing It Back Home, explores the breadth of Ford’s sophisticated, visionary writing and playing, creating a new chapter in his brilliant musical history. The album features a coterie of guests: Allman Brothers guitarist and Gov’t Mule frontman Warren Haynes on “High Heels And Throwing Things,” slide guitar guru Sonny Landreth on “So Long 4 U,” Americana and blues icon Keb’ Mo’ and pedal steel wizard Robert Randolph on “Justified,” vocal sensation ZZ Ward on “Breath Of Me,” and gritty Southern rock newcomer Tyler Bryant on “Stone Cold Heaven.” Although Ford’s recent releases have been hailed as returns to his musical roots — which go back to his discovery of blues as a teenager in the 1960’s – Into The Sun is a clear departure, using tradition as a springboard to incorporate his timeless vocabulary of jazz, pop, blues and rock into a modern framework for his poetic lyrics and the most graceful, emotionally nuanced and melodic vocal performances of his career.
“For me,” Ford says, “it’s all about the art. If you work hard at something you’re going to get better. I honestly think I reached a point with my writing on Into The Sun where I could just go with the flow and bring some of the best songs I’ve ever created to life.”