Mr. Ford, who released his first album in 1997, began his musical life in the 1980s in Mississippi juke joints. . .
T-Model Ford, a raw-sounding, mesmerizing guitarist and singer who was among the last of the old-time Delta bluesmen — and whose career was all the more noteworthy for his not having picked up a guitar until he was almost 60 — died on Tuesday at his home in Greenville, Miss.
His exact age was shrouded in the smoky legend that often attends the blues, but he was almost certainly in his early 90s.
His death was announced on the Web site of Fat Possum Records, an independent label in Oxford, Miss., that produced several of his albums.