Robben Ford (born December 16, 1951)[1] is an American blues, jazz and rock guitarist. He was a member of the L.A. Express and has collaborated with Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison and KISS. He was named one of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century" by Musician magazine.



Robben Ford was born in Woodlake, California and raised in Ukiah, California. He began playing the saxophone at age 10 and the guitar at age 14. Robben and his brothers created the Charles Ford Blues Band in honor of their father.[2]


At age 18, Ford's band was hired to play with Charlie Musselwhite.[1] and recorded two albums The Charles Ford Band and Discovering the Blues. He recorded two albums with Jimmy Witherspoon [3][citation needed] called Live and Spoonful. In the 1970s, Ford joined the jazz fusion band, L.A. Express, [1] led by saxophonist Tom Scott. In 1974 the band supported George Harrison on his American tour and played on the Joni Mitchell albums, Court and Spark, Hissing of Summer Lawns and Miles of Aisles.[1]

After leaving the L.A. Express in 1976, Robben Ford recorded his solo album, The Inside Story with a band that later became the Yellowjackets.[1] In 1982, Ford was one of several guitarists who appeared on the KISS album Creatures of the Night, playing lead guitar on the songs "Rock And Roll Hell" and "I Still Love You".

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Ford worked briefly with Miles Davis in 1986;[1] and can be heard on Davis' Montreux box set. Ford released his album, Talk to Your Daughter in 1988. He joined Philippe Saisse, Marcus Miller and J.T. Lewis in the cast of The Sunday Night Band for the second and final season of the late-night NBC television program, Sunday Night in 1989.[4] In the 1990s he released the albums, Robben Ford and the Blue Line, and Tiger Walk.

Robben Ford has received four Grammy Award nominations[citation needed] and was named one of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century" by Musician magazine.[5] He credits pianist and arranger Roger Kellaway and saxophonist and arranger Tom Scott as a major influence on his musical development, who he met while playing for Joni Mitchell.[6]


Robben Ford uses Dumble Amplifiers and Celestion G12-65 speakers. When traveling abroad he uses Fender Super Reverb amplifiers along with a Zendrive overdrive pedal by Hermida Audio. Ford sometimes plays a vintage 1960 Fender Telecaster, Gibson Les Pauls or a guitar custom-made by Taku Sakashta.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Ford is married to the cabaret singer Anne Kerry Ford.

See on:


Solo albumsEdit

Live albumsEdit


With Ford Blues BandEdit

  • The Charles Ford Band (1972)
  • Reunion Live (1984)
  • As Real As It Gets(1996)
  • Hotshots (1994)
  • Fords and Friends (1996)
  • Ford Blues Band (1999)
  • Tribute to Paul Butterfield (2001)
  • In Memory of Michael Bloomfield (2002)
  • Another Fine Day (2003)
  • Centre Stage (2004)

With Mark FordEdit

  • Mark Ford and the Robben Ford Band (1990)
  • Mark Ford and the Blue Line


Albums played onEdit

  • F-Zero Jazz Album (1992)
  • Voodoo Crossing: A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix (2003) Message To Love
  • Viva Carlos - A Supernatural Marathon Celebration (2004) Blues For Salvador
  • A Guitar Supreme - A Giant Step In Fusion Guitar (2006) Village Blues
  • Come Together: Guitar Tribute to the Beatles, Vol. 2 (1995) Golden Slumbers
  • An All Star Lineup Performing The Songs Of Pink Floyd (2002) Any Colour You Like
  • Gypsy Blood: A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix, Vol. 2 (xxxx) Bold As Love
  • Lucky Man: Dave Koz (1993) Shakin' The Shack
  • Luck of the Draw: Bonnie Raitt (1991) Slow Ride

As sidemanEdit

With Charlie Musselwhite

With Joni Mitchell

With Tom Scott and the LA Express

  • Tom Cat (1974)

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Charlie Musselwhite

  • Where Have All The Good Times Gone (1984)

With Jimmy Witherspoon

  • Live at Monterey Jazz Festival (1972)
  • Live (1976)
  • Live at Notodden Blues Festival (1992)
  • Ain't Nothing New About The Blues (1995)

With Kiss

With Georgie Fame

  • Cool Cat Blues (1991)

With Rickie Lee Jones

  • Pop Pop (1991)

With Bob Malach

  • Mood Swing (1991)
  • The Searcher (1997)

With Miles Davis

Instructional DVDsEdit

  • The Robben Ford Clinic: The Art of Blues Solos (February 2009)
  • The Robben Ford Clinic: The Art of Blues Rhythm (December 2007)
  • Playing the Blues (October 2002)
  • The Blues and Beyond (2002)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Scott Yanow. "Robben Ford". Allmusic. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  2. Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. p. 110. ISBN 1-85868-255-X. 
  3. Bob Porter radio show Dec. 8, 2012, on WBGO "Portraits in Blue"
  4. Sunday Night - episode #121 (1989), Broadway Video, Inc.
  5. information
  6. "Robben Ford Guitar Lesson". Blues Revolution, True Fire. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  7. Vintage Guitar magazine interview (published on April 29, 2001).

External linksEdit


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