Photo by Mascha Muenzesheimer
For his new album A Day In Nashville (out March 4 on Mascot Label Group/Provogue), revered guitarist Robben Ford and his band spent a day in the Music City studio Sound Kitchen, invited some friends and recorded seven new songs penned by Ford, along with his version of “Poor Kelly Blues” from Maceo Merriweather and “Cut You Loose,” first recorded by James Cotton.
The follow up to 2013’s acclaimed Bringing It Back Home, A Day in Nashville was originally planned as a live album to be recorded during his 2013 European tour. Inspired to write some new music, Robben instead decided to challenge himself and his band by doing something he’s never done before in his 40-plus year career: recording an album live in the studio, in one session.
“We had a great experience,” says Robben, who was joined by guitarist Audley Freed, keyboardist Ricky Peterson, bassist Brian Allen, drummer Wes Little and trombonist Barry Green. “We decided to make the record in a controlled environment, but treat it like a live show.”
The result is a soul-lifting collection of American roots music by one of the most respected living guitarists. A Day in Nashville ranges from Chicago South Side soul (“Midnight Comes too Soon”, “Cut You Loose”), the Michael McDonald co-write, “Different People”, high-energy R&B (“Just Another Country Road) and rural, driving blues (“Poor Kelly Blues”).
“Nine songs in one day, that normally takes some time. But I credit the musicians. I thought, If we can pull this off, wouldn’t that be something.”
Robben and his band will be on tour throughout 2014.
Jan 10 - Santa Cruz, CA Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Jan 11 - Hollywood, CA Music Institute Benefit (w/ Joe Bonamassa)
Jan 12 - Fresno, CA Tower Theatre
Jan 14-15 - Oakland, CA Yoshi’s
Jan 16-18 - Los Angeles, CA Catalina
March 4-5 - Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
March 6-7 - Hamilton, ONT - Mohawk College
May 2 - Syracuse, NY Palace Theatre
May 3 - Fall River, MA Narrows Center for the Arts
May 4 - Newton, NJ Newton Theater
May 6 - Cincinnati, OH 20th Century Theater
May 7 - Evanston, IL SPACE
May 9 - Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theatre
May 10 - Beacon, NY Towne Crier
May 11 - Norfolk, CT Infinity Hall
May 12 - New York, NY City Winery
May 13 - Washington, DC Howard Theatre
May 14 - Jim Thorpe, PA Mauch Chunk Opera House
May 17 - Salt Lake City, UT Capitol Theatre