What a sad day for the Blues world and fans. Legendary Mississippi Bluesman T Model Ford passed away today. I’ve been watching T Model play for well over 10 years now. He was 93 years young. He was on Fat Possum record label out of Oxford, MS… One of the first labels that started recording these legendary bluesman. T didn’t start touring and playing until the 90′s… He performed, toured, flirted, danced and recorded up until his stroke last summer, 2012. What a machine he was!! Known for his famous saying “It’s Jack Daniels Time”… I guarantee it’s Jack Daniels time in heaven today. Cheers to T, and his very large family that allowed him to tour, teach us the real deal blues and play for us for so many years.. I’m sure going to miss that smile. Grateful I am still part of a generation that got to witness and know some of the last greats.
My favorite video of all time.. He dancing and singing along to Cedric Burnside at the Hill Country Picnic in 2011. what a cutie, and having so much fun!!
At his 91st Birthday Party in Oxford at Two Stick.. Stella, his wife throwing down by him.
2011 North Ms Hill Country Picnic. He’s wearing my Victor & Rolf visor in this one His grandson Stud, who played drums for him since he was 6. He’s 15 now and chauffeur’d us around the Delta couple weeks ago when I was there T and Cedric Burnside.
If you know me, then you know that I pretty much wear jeans 90% of the time.. dark, light, black, white, shredded, wide legged, skinny legged, high wasted, low wasted, whatever… I have a million pairs. My final thesis collection was an actual toss up between denim and leather. Clearly the leather won the final go, no real reason why either. Anyway, loving the denim on denim “trend”( I HATE that word), but yea.. OK, I like it. A couple of my favorite denim pics…
Bob Dylan in Greenwood, MS playing at the office of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. 1962.
One of my favorite Mississippi bluesman, Mr. T Model Ford. Here in Oxford, MS, taken by Larry Fink. 2001
Willie in his signature denim jacket. by Annie Leibovitz