David Ford and Abe Partridge – The Southern Gentlemen Tour
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Abe Partridge and David Ford present: The Southern Gentlemen Tour.
Abe Partridge is a heralded musician, singer/songwriter, visual artist, and podcaster based in Mobile, Alabama.
His 2018 debut, Cotton Fields and Blood for Days earned him rave reviews, with Tony Paris saying in The Bitter Southerner: “He plays guitar the same way he writes lyrics, bashing the strings with abandon until they are just about to come loose, then beautifully picking the notes until every last word falls into place. More to the point, Partridge writes to make you sit up and think. He wants to jar your reality. Sometimes, his lyrics are sly and subtle. Sometimes they come at you with a roar and thunder, as if the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse were approaching, and the heavens were opening up to herald a warning.” Since the release of his debut, Partridge has toured relentlessly, including several tours of the Netherlands and the U.K. developing a reputation for moving, passionate, and sometimes comedic, performances.
David Ford is an award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and carpenter from East Sussex.
Ford’s journey through the many worlds of the modern music industry has not always been an easy one to navigate. A succession of record labels seduced by his talents have in turn, attempted to sell him as a pop star, a protest singer, an indie hipster, a balladeer and a bluesman. He continues to defy classification.
Ford released two albums in 2022. The first, May You Live in Interesting Times, was a musical time capsule, documenting the final days of Trump set against the early days of Covid. Despite the scale and complexity of the subject matter, Ford’s ability to negotiate such terrain with balance and precision was rewarded with the rare honour of being named album of the week in both The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times. This was closely followed by Love and Death, a collection of darker moments recorded in a single live session with an elite group of jazz musicians.
The pair met in The Netherlands in 2018 and toured together around the UK in 2019.
Now they reunite for a special evening of song and storytelling from both sides of the Atlantic.
American Songwriter Magazine said, “Abe Partridge has established himself as one of the most respected songwriters and visual folk artists in the southeast.”
The Daily Telegraph said, “David Ford has stayed the course as a compelling live performer… with great dramatic force.”