Mississippi hill country blues legend and Fat Possum recording artist T-Model Ford and his Seattle-based backing band Gravel Road return to the Charleston area this Saturday with a set at the Sullivan’s Island Home Team BBQ (2209 Middle St., 843-883-3131). Ford and the band performed a last-minute show at West Ashley venue The Tin Roof last December. Born as James Lewis Carter Ford in Forest, Miss., in 1924, the gruff-voiced bluesman didn’t break out of the region with any notoriety until the 1990s. He has recorded four full-length albums for Fat Possum (the label calls them “fabulously lowdown rough and dirty”), including Pee-Wee Get My Gun, You Better Keep Still, She Ain’t None of Your’n, and Bad Man. Ford’s rustic guitar style is raw and nasty, and his voice sounds weathered and dangerous, but also deeply sincere. Gravel Road’s latest collection is titled Shot the Devil. Good heavens, there’s beauty within the nastiness. Check out fatpossum.com and myspace.com/tmodelfordandgravelroad for more.
T. Ballard Lesemann