Thanks for Listening by Colt Ford on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Colt Ford’s fifth album, Thanks for Listening, is filled with the genre-bending fusions that define contemporary country—the Georgia singer/songwriter offers half-sung, half-rapped tunes about muddy trucks, Southern hotties, and homemade moonshine that are backed by banjos and drum sequencers. His mission, at least on the guitar-driven “Washed in the Mud,” is to "celebrate that country life that we love so much.” But the rap-inflected beats throughout much of Thanks for Listening demonstrate just how much artists like Ford (and his star-studded guest list, which includes Keith Urban, Lee Brice, and Randy Houser) have blurred the genre's conventional boundaries. When Ford offers straight-ahead pop-country party anthems (like the title track or "Farm Life”), his magnetic melodies and raunchy sense of humor shine. But a wildly eclectic tune like “Crank It Up”—with its laser-cut synth-bass, Auto-Tune vocals, and borrowed AC/DC riff—is where Ford is his most gleefully creative, orchestrating a delightfully chaotic collision of trends from across the pop spectrum.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Colt Ford’s fifth album, Thanks for Listening, is filled with the genre-bending fusions that define contemporary country—the Georgia singer/songwriter offers half-sung, half-rapped tunes about muddy trucks, Southern hotties, and homemade moonshine that are backed by banjos and drum sequencers. His mission, at least on the guitar-driven “Washed in the Mud,” is to "celebrate that country life that we love so much.” But the rap-inflected beats throughout much of Thanks for Listening demonstrate just how much artists like Ford (and his star-studded guest list, which includes Keith Urban, Lee Brice, and Randy Houser) have blurred the genre's conventional boundaries. When Ford offers straight-ahead pop-country party anthems (like the title track or "Farm Life”), his magnetic melodies and raunchy sense of humor shine. But a wildly eclectic tune like “Crank It Up”—with its laser-cut synth-bass, Auto-Tune vocals, and borrowed AC/DC riff—is where Ford is his most gleefully creative, orchestrating a delightfully chaotic collision of trends from across the pop spectrum.

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About Colt Ford

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 years, the popular country music duo Montgomery Gentry became clients, then the urban side of Colt's style was put to use when rapper Bone Crusher and urban superstar Jermaine Dupri came calling. He went from behind the scenes to upfront in 2006 when he wrote "Buck 'Em," the theme for the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. In 2008 he released his debut album, Ride Through the Country, and went on tour with country music up-and-comer Brantley Gilbert. Chicken and Biscuits followed in 2010, with the impressive Every Chance I Get arriving in 2011. By this time, Ford had created a larger than life hillbilly redneck public image, but he was also a sly, passionate, and multi-layered writer and businessman, and as a former drummer, he knew what to do in a recording studio. After starting his own label, Average Joe's Records, Ford worked and toured outside the commercial Nashville umbrella, but he knew his way around the business, and he co-wrote songs with Nashville pros like Jeffrey Steele, Craig Wiseman, Rodney Clawson, and David Lee Murphy for his next project, Declaration of Independence, which appeared in 2012. That record became his most successful to date, and a follow-up, Thanks for Listening, appeared just as summer was kicking off in 2014. In May 2017, Ford dropped his sixth album, Love Hope Faith, which included guest appearances from Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, and '90s rockers Lit. ~ David Jeffries & Steve Leggett

  • ORIGIN
    Athens, GA
  • BORN
    Aug 27, 1969

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