T-Model Ford

At nearly 90 years old (he thinks—his birthday could have been 1920 or 1921) veteran bluesman and ex-con T-Model Ford is a grizzled legend with plenty of aches and pains in his body and heart. Signed to eclectic indie label Fat Possum Records (also responsible for releasing early records by the Walkmen, Dinosaur Jr., and the Black Keys), the Mississippi native tours a remarkable amount for a performer so advanced in years. Thanks to serendipitous infusion of energy he got last year from local band GravelRoad (and a recently inserted pacemaker) he keeps trucking, with his markedly younger peers backing him up with a respectful, rock-steady rhythm section that is the perfect platform for his songs of dirty deeds, dirtier women, and the kind of deeply fermented wisdom that can only come from a hard life lived. HANNAH LEVIN

Fri., Aug. 6, 9:30 p.m., 2010

 
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