James Lewis Carter “T-Model” Ford, recognized as one of the last authentic Mississippi blues men, has died from congestive heart failure. His colorful story seems straight out of lore. From the Washington Post obituary:
Ford, who taught himself to play guitar when he was 58 years old and his fifth wife left him, would show up for gigs early and often play longer than expected, even when he started experiencing heart problems in recent years (and) would swig Jack Daniels on stage and chat with the audience.
Read much more about Ford at the Post.