The blues is a slinky animal that claims those that understand it. If a man understands it, he’s likely been down that fabled road, trodden by many. But only a few get that legendary and mythical document signed with Old Scratch. Robben Ford plays several guitar styles including blues. And he has plenty of credibility with over 20 albums to his name including stints with Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Tom Scott, Miles Davis, Gregg Allman, and others. He has played jazz, jazz-fusion, blues, and rock. His latest album is called Truth. I won’t go so far as to say that 100% of Ford’s blood is blues juice or that he has even initialed said document spoken of earlier but the music on Truth ain’t all bad, just not what it should be.
With the musical footprint of Robben Ford in evidence over the scope of his career, Truth culminates in a series of lyrical insights that reflect the world today in a bluesy styled designed to sound updated. And maybe that’s where the engine begins to sputter. The music underscores his guitar talents but musically, as wholes, the songs seem to lack the power that should be fueling them. This makes Truth appear to be more posturing for the audience then I’m sure it wanted to be.
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