by Chuck Dauphin
One of Colt Ford’s early radio singles, “Mr. Goodtime,” is one of the descriptions I would use when describing the Georgia native’s unique style of music. At the end of the day, the question of whether it is Country, Rock, Rap – or a little bit of all styles – isn’t as important as is the question of whether one had a good time listening to his music. He knows how to entertain his audience, and knows what they want – valuing each and every one of them in the process.
Ford’s fans will not be the least bit disappointed in his fifth studio album, as it gives the singer a chance to reflect and thank his public for the career they have given to him – as evidenced by the emotional title cut, which also features newcomer Daniel Lee. Knowing your audience as well as Ford does, it makes perfect sense to have one of the Robertson clan from “Duck Dynasty” in on the fun, as well, which he does on “Cut ‘Em All,” which features a little bit of those Robertson duck calls at the beginning of the song!
The real keeper of the disc might very well be the tribute to being from a rural area – “The Farm Life,”which features Justin Moore. It’s a song that, if you’ve ever lived on a farm, you will know the true meaning of each and every line. Moore gives a spirited vocal performance on the cut, as well. (After all, you’ve got to figure that anyone from the Razorback country of Arkansas can identify with the words as well as anyone from Georgia! “Crickets,” with Jerrod Niemann is a highlight, as well as “She’s Like,” a melodic collaboration with Keith Urban. Thankfully, Colt Ford holds true to that show business adage on this album – If it ain’t broke…don’t fix it. And, he does just that!
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