The official CD release show for Ivy Ford’s new album, “Harvesting My Roots,” is Friday night (July 12) at Kenosha Creative Space, 624 57th St.
The performance begins at 8 p.m.; doors open at 7:30. Admission is $10.
Audience members will be able to purchase a copy of the CD and get it signed by the band members.
Ford, 26, is a singer/musician who recently relocated form her native Waukegan, Ill., to Kenosha
She started performing at age 13 with the Kenosha-based band The Real Deal, managed by Steve Rainey. She’s continued to perform and plays piano, alto saxophone, drums, bass guitar and guitar — all of which are primarily self taught.
In late 2012, Ford joined a local blues band, which evolved into Ivy Ford and The Cadillacs and gained fair amounts of popularity.
Fast forward two years: Ford is an up-and-coming blues artist who opened for Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy at his club in Chicago and continues to share the stage with Chicago blues hall of famers, including J.B. Ritchie, Joe Moss, Toronzo Cannon and Tom Holland.
She fronts her own band — which performs Aug. 7 at Lincoln Park Live! — and regularly performs at private and public events and clubs.
Her new album, “Harvesting My Roots,” features all original music.
Touted as “The Chicago Blues Kitten,” Ford and the “fellas on the bandstand” as she calls them (Willie Rauch on bass and Dave Axen on drums) played the Chicago Blues Festival last month to rave reviews and a huge crowd.