James Lewis Carter aka "T-Model Ford"

c. 1920's - July 16, 2013
Rest in Peace


Services planned Saturday, July 27, 2013 through Redmond Funeral Home;
Greenville, MS

Ford taught himself to play blues at age 58, when a departing wife left him a guitar. Ford toured Delta juke joints (including many nights at Clarksdale's Red's Lounge and other venues; for a while, he opened for Buddy Guy. He recorded seven albums, including three with Fat Possum Records of Oxford, MS.

Ford lived an outsized version of a bluesman's life. He was also an inventive musician with a distinctive style, and a consummate showman and entertainer who had an international following. "His music would take you right back to the heart and soul of the Delta," said Clarksdale Mayor Bill Luckett, co-owner of Ground Zero Blues Club, in USA Today.

T-Model's last performance was September, 2012 at the Highway 61 Blues Festival in Leland. Festival founder and Highway 61 museum director Billy Johnson said, "All of the great Mississippi bluesmen, though they may vary in style, have one thing in common: can't anybody play their style or music like they can. That's what made T-Model special. He was a little Delta, a little North Mississippi hill country, with a taste of bop." The Highway 61 Blues Museum has an impressive display on Ford that includes instruments, awards, and photographs.

Services for Ford will be on July 27, 2013 in Greenville. Redmond Funeral Home has charge.

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