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Black Crowes Fire Guitarist

August 9, 1997 12:00 AM ET

Can you play guitar? Do you like hard, jammin' Southern Rock? Then the Black Crowes might be looking for you. With what they called "musical differences," the Crowes have fired Mark Ford, their guitarist since 1992, when he replaced the band's original guitarist, Jeff Cease.

The Atlanta-based rock combo, who finished touring the country August 3 with the likes of Bob Weir, Bruce Hornsby, Mickey Hart and moe. on the Furthur Festival, is planning a fall tour and will hopefully have a replacement for Ford by the time they hit the road. The Black Crowes' management, Angelus Entertainment, couldn't comment on whether or not the band has approached any guitarists, but did say that they are planning on heading into the studio soon.

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