Christopher Ford and the Walk of Every Man – Heroes and Heathens
Christopher Ford transports his lyrics with a rawness that implores your ears to listen; his music tugs at your heart strings urging you to feel the rhythm. Ford’s vocals deliver a pure smoothness filled with a bit of witticism and a passion only a singer-songwriter can bring.
Christopher Ford’s website is a glimpse into his soul and a platform for his desire to write good music and to tell his story. It is as simple as that. No gimmicks. He asks only for you to open your mind and let him in. And once you do you will find a cleverly disguised poet strumming his acoustic guitar as his lyrics bleed from his soul each and every time he steps upon the stage.
“First, take one of these and chew 10 times slowly” is an introduction to his personality and to his 5-song EP recording which he released one song each week starting in February of 2013. The EP itself will be released December 2013.
On his website he jokes, “Maybe you were searching for “Clifford the Big Red Dog” and left out a few letters (happens to me all the time).” Something not to joke about is his penchant for smooth, clean lyrics that clutch your heart.
The first song on the EP, Heroes and Heathens, “Steady at the Wheel” jump starts his listeners with a quick beat occupied with angst and honesty lain out upon his shirt sleeve. It is a raw tale lined with Ford’s smooth voice, gut wrenching lyrics and guitar licks that feeds your compulsion to sing along with him.
“I left home ‘cause I only ever wanted to break free…here I am alone” is a dose of pure honesty, as true as any songwriter can be when opening the doors for others to view the man behind the lyrics. It offers a peek at the personality that is Christopher Ford.
“Maidenpool” is another tale from the soon to be released EP. The eclectic song seizes you and pulls you in to a time suspended between air and water and visited by a lovely maiden. The lyrics are lovingly sung with Ford’s smooth voice and sparked with just the right blend of instrumental harmony.
I am a wanderer,
my coat is torn,
my feet are worn
Christopher Ford currently resides in East Vancouver and has strummed his way throughout Western Canada with appearances ranging from open mic nights and street festivals to barroom stages including the Raw Canvas, a fitting name for a singer whose passion is not hidden from prying eyes. He completed a tour of Western Canada in the summer of 2012 and has made appearances on CJSF’s Melodies in Mind and CITR’s The Morning After Show.
With acoustic guitar in hand and what his websites refers to as having a “penchant for a cheeky joke or three,” he has performed at the Calgary Folk Festival Songwriting Competition and received both fourth and third overall in 2009 and 2011.
“Please don’t feed him, as it teaches him to depend on your snacks” may be how Christopher Ford lightly quips of himself, but his clever lyrics, smooth voice, and gifted hands will strike a chord with you and bring you back to listen to his music for years to come.
WORDKRAPHT Rating: 4 Stars!
Album Name: Heroes and Heathens
Release Date: December, 2013
Genre: Singer/songwriter, alt-folk
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Members: Christopher Ford – good looks, charm, etc.