Few musicians have ever entered room 414 of The Gunter Hotel in San Antonio Texas – the hallowed ground where Robert Johnson recorded 16 out of his 27 songs in November of 1936. Singer/songwriter, John Ford made the pilgrimage in October of 2012 recording a collection of original & traditional blues songs there. The yet to be released “Songs from Room 414” hopefully will be out sometime in the spring of 2013.
Ford is a veteran of the Cincinnati music scene, playing classic rock, punk and alt country in various bands, influenced by everything from classic & college rock to country blues, currently playing a repertoire of self-composed American roots music. “I’ve been writing songs since my early teens” John explains, “Whether it be songs I’ve written or an old song from the 1930’s, I play what I fall in love with. Many times people ask if I’m doing all original music; sometimes it is, depending on the venue, but sometimes it’s just an old Son House song or a new Chris Smither song that people have never heard, that I consider to be a great song.”
Over the past couple of years he has performed at “The Purple Fiddle” in West Virginia, “The Old Time Music Festival” in Metamora, Indiana & “The Bluebird Café” in Nashville, as well as many local Cincinnati venues including Fountain Square (Acoustic Thursdays) and The Eden Song Summer Concerts. In 2011 he put out his first solo EP “Injection of the Blues” and is currently working on a couple other projects,including a song called “Ma Sibbi’s Chicken & Dumplin’s with Katie Lauer helping out on vocals.