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Singer-Songwriter David Ford Is Music's Nearly Man

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  Original Published: 6/16/2013 At a time when the music industry is dominated by T-V talent shows, teen idols, and reunions of ancient rockers, one British artist is taking to the road with stories of how to *almost* make it in the music business. Despite producing a series of critically-acclaimed albums, he's been repeatedly signed, dropped and re-signed by labels after a series of bad choices, and bad luck. But as CNN's Neil Curry reports, David Ford's story is an inspiration to any aspiring musician. Critical acclaim and a compelling live performance led several labels to sign David Ford, who was once hailed as the next big thing. But corporate mergers and artistic differences meant he was dropped each time. "Every time opportunity knocks on my door I just send it on straight down to hell, 'cause every time I was given a chance to stand on my own two feel I fell," sings Ford. "I still drive myself to my gigs, I still set up my stuff, I don't have roadies and technicians and things and it's still that exciting adventure of when I was 16 and my band first got its local gig down at the pub down our way. It doesn't go away," Ford says. Of course some gigs are better than others. Ford sings about pouring poison on his good name during a sparsely-attended tour of America's southern states. "I mean literallynobody came to my show. In Charleston I played to the sound engineer, the support act and the promoter and some bar staff and that was itI'd built up a reputation as a competent live performer and I sort of felt, these towns will never take me back again. I can never show my face in the South," Ford says. But he found there were advantages to being on the outside of the music industry. "I don't have to worry about the pressures of an industry that wants you to conform to this or that or to sell this or that or to fit in with this magazine or this scene or this radio show," Ford says. "Sometimes you'll be playing a show and everything is on fire it's electric and you can't put a foot wrong, and the audience feel it and it's an absolutely incredible experience. It's one of the things I love about music, is putting yourself in an opportunity where that might happen every night." Ford sings: "So I'm not giving up, and I'm not giving in, though I know it's a fight that I'm not gonna win, And I still scream in the face of more powerful men, I choose THIS - and I'd choose it again!"
   
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