Within the often turbulent history of the Black Crowes, their guitarist of longest standing, Marc Ford wasted no time initiating solo projects. In fact, his latest, The Vulture, is his fifth such effort under his own name, and no one should be surprised this latest work of Ford’s suggests he was as responsible for the sound of the Crowes as anyone in that band including its sibling founders. As the early fan favorite in his other newly formed outfit The Magpie Salute with former Crowes members, Ford goes about speaking with his musicianship as a true guitar savior, whom in a perfect world would rival both Derek Trucks and John Mayer in stage name recognition.
Produced by John Vanderslice (Spoon, The Mountain Goats, Strand of Oaks) and recorded on analog tape at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco, The Vulture brings Ford’s potent guitar tone to the forefront in a stirring collection of songs that offer stirring solos, sly and soulful vocals and supercharged blues. Ford and his band—Netpute Blues Club – Mike Malone (vocals, harp and keys), John Bazz (bass) and Anthony Arvizu (drums)–are poised and confident enough to let that sound hang in the air and resonate within the simplicity of their arrangements.
Glide is very proud to premiere the video for “Devil’s in the Details” off The Vulture (below), a twangy winner that brings the medicine in its song quality, yet the video gives us a glimpse of Ford both in the studio and on stage, with shots from the Bay Area and Sweetwater Music Hall. “It was a treat to have some cameras around to capture all the fun we had while making The Vulture, ” says Ford. “Love that the world can see what makes the Neptune Blues Club go round!”