As commonly conceived, there are no more diametrically opposed musical descriptors than “folk” and “classical.” The former term suggests a populist tradition, one defined by a decentralized mode of gradual, organic growth, whereas the latter connotes formal institutions, rigorous systems.
Old school blues musician T-Model Ford is about to drop an album with some new school friends from Seattle, the duo GravelRoad. New CD from T-Model Ford w/GravelRoad Turning 90 this year (though no one’s sure of his exact birth date), Mississippi-born T-Model Ford shows no signs of slowing down. With a national album dropping on January 12 and a national tour kicking off in February, he still rocks harder than musicians half his age. …