Colt Ford is back in 2012 with a new album.
For the past four years Colt has released new music to his fans. This year Colt set out on an ambitious summer tour. Word on the street is the tour has been hugely successful. Deemed the Declaration of Independence Tour, the lineup featured Colt as the headliner with a bunch of his Average Joe’s buddies. It’s one of the most unique country groups around because Colt isn’t afraid to do things different.
Average Joe’s has grown over the last five years to become somewhat of a powerhouse label in Nashville. Not only has Colt found success, but so have other artists. The label helped launch Brantley Gilbert into the mainstream country world and currently Montgomery Gentry is having a career revival with their partnership with the label.
For Colt it’s been his biggest year ever. Last year he saw a song he co-wrote with Brantley shoot up the charts for Jason Aldean. Dirt Road Anthem has been one of the biggest country-rap songs of all time and shows that there is room out there for acts like Colt.
The one thing Colt hasn’t been able to have at this point in his career is a major radio hit. I’m not sure if he needs one to prove just how awesome of an artist he is but hopefully there is a song on this new record that will climb the charts.
Here are my thoughts on the new record Declaration of Independence.
Declaration of Independence – Colt Ford
Overall the album is another step forward for Colt. I remember reviewing his last album back last year and really thinking he was finding some strong formulas for his music. This country-rap thing is really working out well and I’m a fan. I never thought I’d say that, but Colt is winning me over and this record does that even more. It’s fun music with good melodies and stories to tell.
Two things always stand out about a Colt Ford record. There are collaborations with some really great artists and that doesn’t change here and there are 15 tracks on this record. You don’t get that with all other country artists. It’s great.
1. Answer to No One
I love this song. This was the first one I heard from the album way back in the spring. It’s really great. You have Colt ready to take on the world. He’s certainly done things his own damn way in life. He’s a former professional golfer and now he’s a country star. The awesome thing is you wouldn’t guess him to be either of those things by looking at him. But he’s answering to know one and doing whatever the hell he wants and right now that means making great country music.
2. Driving Around Song
Love this one. It’s great that Jason Aldean jumped on a track with Colt. After all it was Colt that was partly responsible for one of the biggest songs of Jason’s career. The song fits the title. Put it on the player in the car and just get ready to go rolling around the small town USA. Colt did start out his career saying he knew all the folks out there in the Walmart parking lots were listening to country and rap. Why not combine them and make something great for those folks. It’s weird to hear autotune on Jason’s voice, but it works for me.
3. All In
Man. I’m loving the stuff Kix Brook is doing right now. Here he is with Colt Ford on a great country song. This song is one of my favorites on this entire record and I think it’s Kix Brooks that really does it. Maybe it’s that steel guitar in the background. It’s just a way back throwback country sound that really reminds me of swinging around to some country music. I love it.
4. Ain’t Out of the Woods Yet
Now it’s time to get down and dirty. Montgomery Gentry jump on this track to help out their label boss. Those boys know how to throwdown big time on a country track and this song is mean and dirty. It sounds like these folks are here to kick your ass. I love the mention of the the 18th green too. That’s a little tip of the cowboy hat to the classi Colt Ford that used to be a professional golfer. He ain’t out of the woods yet. A redneck golfer and hillbilly rapper. I love it. You can’t take the woods out of this guy.
Here is one of the songs that’s a little more rap than country, but it really works. You know what? This entire album gets your head rocking back and forth and I would think that’s something Colt is going for with his music. I’d rather be lucky than good too, but I think Colt is really making his own good luck these days. He’s kicking ass.
Here is the current single from the album. It’s another one that should be racing up the charts. I’m not really sure why people aren’t calling and requesting this track. Maybe they are and the folks at radio won’t play it. It’s a song about looking back on life and wishing maybe you could go back to the way things were. I think things are going pretty good for Colt and country music right now. There is no need to go back.
I didn’t know what to expect from a song with this title. Things start out low and mean with the beat and it’s certainly a rap song and it makes sense to have the LoCash Cowboys on this one. I can certainly see some ladies dancing to this one. Colt is bringing the ladies out on the dance floor and I hope nobody is going to tell him to stop.
8. It’s All
An appearance from the great songwriter Jeffrey Steele on this one. The song actually sounds like it was forged from steel. It’s a great song. Once again we hear the term badonkadonk. I’m not sure why that song needs to be mentioned a few times, but we all know what it means so it works. One thing Colt loves to do is get out in the woods on the backroads and throw down with a good country party. I can get down with that.
9. Hugh Damn Right
Once again we have this mean beat to kick things off. It’s really cool. Colt is not afraid to take this country-rap thing all the way to the rap side of things. I think he might as well do what he wants. As mentioned in the first song he doesn’t answer to nobody. This song is about just getting ready to party with your buddies. Everybody knows Hugh.
10. Room At The Bar
This song gets a little more funky. One of the most successful independent artists of all time, Corey Smith, joins on the track. It’s a cool track about hanging with a good buddy and enjoying life. Can’t we all enjoy life this way? There’s room.
11. All My Tomorrows
It’s another dance beat and there is even a banjo to help out. You can’t help, but get your feet tapping to this track. Once again Colt is hanging with his friends. This time they’re down at the creek just hanging out and trying to fall in love. It’s what it’s all about for those young country kids living way out in the backwoods.
12. Happy In Hell
Let’s slow things down here for this track. There is a littles soul in country music with this track. Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men joins here. It’s a love ballad and you certainly feel the love in this track. It’s great and the chorus is solid just like they are on every song here on this record. The only issue is that he’s in love with another girl. Maybe that’s not really love. It could end up in hell right here on earth.
Sometimes those are your odds. Roll with it.
14. Way Too Early
Now this one is really cool. You can’t go wrong with including Darius Rucker on a track. I just think the melody on this one is really great. It’s kind of laid back and chill. It’s a love song and it has the feel of a Darius Rucker song with a little Colt Ford mixed in. How are these songs not on the radio yet? It’s crazy. They are catchy as hell and the stories are great. Who doesn’t want to fall in love?
15. Angels & Demons
The beat starts out have on the last track. Then things kind of take a different tone. It’s a ballad from the early going. It’s almost like something from the ’80s and then Colt comes in with the rap. He’s simply a storyteller and he’s really good at it. In the song Colt plays the guy looking back on life and wondering if he’s made the right choices. We all have choices and it’s hard to know if we’ve made the right ones. I guess we really can’t go back. We can only try to change what’s ahead.