Jim Ford

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“Jimmy Ford is the baddest white man on the planet.” – Sly Stone

“Jimmy was a beautiful cat, one of the most creative people that I’ve ever met.” – Bobby Womack

Here’s how it went down: Jim Ford, a musically minded country boy from rural Kentucky heads to the Golden State with dreams of making it. Making the scene in Los Angeles, he befriends and writes songs for such artists as Bobby Womack (“Harry Hippie”), Aretha Franklin, P.J. Proby, The Temptations, and even appears on Sly & the Family Stone’s There’s a Riot Goin’ On. He eventually hooks up with legendary session players Dr. John, Jim Keltner (John Lennon), and James Burton (Elvis Presley) and books into the equally legendary Wally Heider Recording Studios to cut an album of blue-eyed country-funk and soul. The year is 1969.

What came next was a series of missed opportunities, burned bridges, and a few decades lost to drug abuse. And what’s left? Harlan County

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  • Harlan County

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    Harlan County

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    Here’s how it went down: Jim Ford, a musically minded country boy from rural Kentucky heads to the Golden State with dreams of making it. Making the scene in Los Angeles, he befriends and writes songs for such artists as Bobby Womack (“Harry Hippie”), Aretha Franklin, P.J. Proby, The Temptations, and even appears on Sly & the Family Stone’s There’s a Riot Goin’ On. He eventually hooks up with legendary session players Dr. John, Jim Keltner (John Lennon), and James Burton (Elvis Presley) and books into the equally legendary Wally Heider Recording Studios to cut an album of blue-eyed country-funk and soul. The year is 1969.

  • Jim Ford "Harlan County" Tee Combo

    Jim Ford

    Jim Ford "Harlan County" Tee Combo

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    Instant fan combo set! To celebrate our new reissue of Jim Ford’s 1969 country/soul/funk masterpiece, Harlan County, we’ve collaborated again with the darling tee design crew Rotter and Friends.

  • Rotter & Friends Jim Ford "Harlan County" Tee Combo

    Jim Ford

    Rotter & Friends Jim Ford "Harlan County" Tee Combo

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    To celebrate our new reissue of Jim Ford’s 1969 country/soul/funk masterpiece, Harlan County, we’ve collaborated again with the darling tee design crew Rotter and Friends. You’ve probably seen their tees before, including our first collaboration with them, the Jim Sullivan U.F.0. tee. Yes? No? Well, those are very nearly gone and Mr. Jim Ford will surely sell-out.