Born in Los Angeles on April 13, 1966, Ford was in his early twenties when he formed the L.A.-based power trio Burning Tree with bassist Mark "Muddy" Dutton and drummer Doni Gray in the late 1980s. Ford sang lead and played guitar, releasing one self-titled album for Epic/Sony in 1990 before breaking up. Burning Tree, in fact, opened for the Black Crowes on some shows in 1990, which was also the year in which producer Rick Rubin released the Black Crowes' triple platinum debut album, Shake Your Money Maker, on his label American Recordings (Def American at the time). Joining the Black Crowes in 1992 greatly increased Ford's visibility, and he remained with the band until the Robinson brothers fired him in 1997. The reason they gave for firing Ford was his extensive drug use; Ford has acknowledged that he had a severe drug problem at the time, and he went into rehab the year he was fired. Ford pursued a solo career after his departure from the Black Crowes, offering his first solo album, It's About Time, in 2002 — and while his role in the Black Crowes was primarily that of a guitarist, he both sang lead and played guitar as a solo act. In 2005, Black Crowes fans were delighted when the band reunited following a three year hiatus and the Robinson brothers employed Ford in an extensive reunion tour. But in 2006, Ford announced that he was leaving the Black Crowes — only this time, it seemed that he quit rather than being fired. The specific reasons for Ford's departure remain unclear, but it a press release noted that "Ford realized that his newly found sobriety, an issue for the guitarist his entire career, was slowly being jeopardized by the incessant touring." Not long after leaving the Black Crowes, Ford was reunited with Dutton and Gray for some Burning Tree reunion gigs in Hollywood. Ford's solo career continued with Weary and Wired in 2007,The Neptune Blues Club in 2008 and The Fuzz Machine in 2010.