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Editors’ Notes

Leave it to former PGA golf pro Colt Ford to braid the diametric genres of country and rap with natural sounding results. His debut album Ride Through the Country plays less like a novelty and more like the honest product of growing up in late-20th-century Georgia, where being surrounded by equal parts country music and hip-hop was as normal as turning the dial on your radio. Before coming into his own, Ford co-wrote songs with new traditional singer Jamey Johnson, the alt rock band Lit, hip-hop writer Attitude, Bone Crusher, and Montgomery Gentry. With Ride Through the Country favors are returned as John Michael Montgomery helps open with some twangy guitar and throaty vocals that bob and weave effortlessly through Ford’s down-home rhymes. Johnson belts out brew loving lyrics on “Cold Beer” next to Ford’s well- metered verses. Attitude pipes in on the mellow-grooving “Saddle Up.” Lit’s Sunny Ledfurd lends some flowing vocals on “Waffle House” and Bone Crusher helps crunk up “Gangsta of Love.” The southern-rocking rendition of Gene Watson’s “No Trash In My Trailer” is a sing-along standout, with Mike Dekle singing the chorus.

Customer Reviews

Colt Ford is the Real Deal

Colt Ford is a fresh sound to country music. The title song' Ride Through the Country' is awesome. John Michael Montgomery adds his swag to make this a hit. Keep spittin that country, we are all Loud and Proud by the grace of GOD...

Ride Through The Country-Colt Ford

I'm from the South down in Texas and Mississippi too. Yes, I think it's different, but I believe the man has got some to being singing country this way. I liked "Ride Through The Country" it was all true for my hometown. He's true in the things he sang in that song he just chooses to speak them in a different way then we are used to. I think he has a great voice though would not want all country to be like this in the next upcoming years because it would then take the country outa country, so he's good and different. I would love to hear him singing to find out what he sounds like because of his southern deep voice and see if he really can't sing. lol. Don't hate on the man just because he wants to be different and is. Country wouldn't be country if everyone had the same voice wrote the same lyrics and sang the same old dang thing on each and every record.

Please tell me country music is not coming to this!

Has anybody heard the song rap is crap. True country fans dont like rap and true rap fans dont like country there is no middle ground. Rap is about killing cops, gangbanging and every other illegal act known to man. Country is about life, heartbreak, and getting are children away from cities that are infested with that lifestyle. At least you'll never hear this on the Grand Ole Opry. Dont get me wrong I liked the late 80's early 90's rap but then it went straight to the gutter. Being from the Southern West Virginia coal fields I am disappointed that John Micheal Montgomery from Kentucky would have a hand at singing this crap. Lets stick with Brad, Alan, George Strait, Josh Turner, Randy Travis and all the other ledgends that made country what it is today.


Born: August 27, 1969 in Athens, GA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The reason Colt Ford's blending 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...
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