Since the release of Ride Through The Country back in 2008, Colt Ford has carved out a very successful career doing things his own unique way. While it hasn’t made him a radio staple, his sales have exceeded most of the artists that you hear on the airwaves – many of whom are enjoying success with the same style of music that has helped to make the Georgia native a fan favorite.
The singer revisits many of his past glories on this, his first “Best-Of” collection, and the results show that Ford is a man who definitely knows who his audience is – and what they like.
The album kicks off with the title cut, from his disc Declaration of Independence, a track that shows Ford isn’t trying to be different…or rule-breaking, he’s just being true to who he is musically. It’s made him fans of all demographics and ages, and has definitely proved to be a winning formula.
Other key tracks on this album include “The High Life” and “Back,” his two singles to make the Billboard Top 40, featuring Chase Rice and Jake Owen, respectively. He also includes the melodical “Chicken & Biscuits,” as well as the song where I first became acquainted with him – “No Trash In My Trailer.” His style is a little bit different, but most of the time – it’s just pure fun – and his fans definitely identify with it.
His collaboration with Jason Aldean – “Drivin’ Around Song,” is included, as is the career-defining song that Ford co-wrote with Brantley Gilbert for Aldean – “Dirt Road Anthem.” You don’t have to be from a rural area to identify with the song – and likewise, it’s a song that means the same to fans who did grow up that way as “Okie From Muskogee” or “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way.” To sum it up…it’s real.
Hopefully, the success of this disc – as well as where Ford goes next – will lead radio to give some of his music a chance. They’re already playing the identical style from a lot of artists. Simply put, it’s Ford’s time!
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Answer to No One, The Colt Ford Classics
Colt Ford, Answer to No One, The Colt Ford Classics Track Listing:
1. “Answer to No One” feat. JJ Lawhorn
2. “The High Life” feat. Chase Rice
3. “Crank It Up”
4. “Back” feat. Jake Owen
5. “Huntin’ the World”
6. “Waste Some Time” feat. Nappy Roots & Nic Cowen
7. “Cut ‘Em All” feat. Willie Robertson
8. “Country Thang” feat. Eric Church
9. “Drivin’ Around Song” feat. Jason Aldean
10. “Cold Beer” feat. Jamey Johnson
11. “Ride Through the Country” feat. John Michael Montgomery
12. “Chicken & Biscuits” feat. James Otto
13. “No Trash in My Trailer”
14. “Dirt Road Anthem” feat. Brantley Gilbert