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Colt Ford steps into the first song of his fourth album with defiance. “Answer to No One” opens brazenly as the former golf pro turned country/hip-hop star declares that he’s a "shotgun toter, Republican voter" over a stomping beat lifted from Queen’s “We Will Rock You.” Guest vocals from JJ Lawhorn give the chorus a catchy melody. An Auto-Tuned Jason Aldean does the same for the chorus in “Drivin’ Around Song,” which would be a ballad save for Ford’s thick drawled rhymes in the verses. The banjos and distorted guitars keep the refrain of “Ain’t Out of the Woods Yet” steeped in old-school Southern rock, with ample help from Montgomery Gentry on the singing parts. Fans of The White Stripes will notice a similarity between the guitars on “Dancin’ While Intoxicated (DWI)” and those of “Seven Nation Army” (LoCash Cowboys and Redneck Social Club contribute R&B singing and counter-rhymes). Similarly, “50/50” borrows the riff from Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”—which is appropriate, since Ford threatens to beat up city slickers in the album’s only guest-free song.

Customer Reviews


He keeps getting better with every album. The Aldean tune has Number One all over it. Nice work!


Auto tune and rap are now infesting country. Can someone be man enough to follow in the footsteps of Willie, Waylon, and Merle?!

This album is the true definition of idiocracy.

Nothing New

I'm an old-timer and it's interesting to read the comments like "Is this what country is becoming". The true country music fans will know there has always been rap in country, except back in the day they were called "recitation" or "story" songs. They started to disappear in the 80's and were almost nonexistent in the 90's. The list is long, but here's a few number 1 hits to jog your memory, "Boy Named Sue" by Johnny Cash, "Phantom 309" by Red Sovine, "Convoy" by C.W. McCall, "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" by The Charlie Daniels Band, and thousands more. Legendary artists like Roger Miller, Tom T. Hall, and many, many more, all "rapped". So all the negative folks just calm down out there. Country music is just fine. Plenty of youngsters keeping it traditional for you old farts like me, (Chris Young, Easton Corbin, etc.). If you don't like it, don't buy it. Simple. No need to post negativity.


Born: August 27, 1969 in Athens, GA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The reason Colt Ford's blend of country and rap feels so natural has everything to do with his background, both professional and personal. Just like his closest "hick-hop" competition, Cowboy Troy, Colt grew up listening to country -- his first concert was Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton -- along with R&B and hip-hop. When the Georgia native reached adulthood he began writing songs, eventually earning co-writing credits with Jamey Johnson, Jeremy Popoff, and the alternative rock band Lit. After a few...
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