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Colt Ford needs singing lessons

Published: Thursday, November 7, 2013

Updated: Thursday, November 7, 2013 14:11

Colt Ford

Courtesy of Colt Ford

Courtesy of Colt Ford

 

Country singer Colt Ford recently released his album, “Ride Through the Country Revisited,” which is a sequel of sorts to his 2008 album “Ride Through the Country.” He should have never revisited.

Colt Ford has given a new twist to the country genre, but in the wrong way; he raps. No, there isn’t anything wrong with rapping. Yes, the lyrics are the typical pick-up truck, drink cold beer, play with a dog and have a good time, but his style of rap isn’t the best.

There are country artists such as Florida Georgia Line that rap, but the difference is Florida Georgia Line sounds really good while rapping and singing. Ford tries to sing as well, but this isn’t his best talent. He even has a single titled, “I Can’t Sing.” Some of the song’s lyrics state “I can’t sing, but I’m trying.” Stop trying Colt Ford.

Unlike Florida Georgia Line, Colt Ford isn’t a world-renowned artist. He is just a man from Georgia that set off five years ago to pursue his dream of becoming a country singer/rapper.

“His music is OK. (It’s) really like folklore,” said Avery Qualls, a freshman speech therapy major of Evening Shade. “I wouldn’t listen to him on a regular basis.”

I doubt that listeners were ready for what Ford had to say on his single, “Waffle House.” “Meet me at the Waffle House, bring me my gun.” 

“Waffle House,” featuring John Anderson, is about a wife that not only cheats on her husband, but does so with a preacher. Naturally the husband is angry and wants to shoot his wife. Although it has a good melody with plenty of string guitars and a good tempo, not the best decision for lyrics. 

“Good God O’Mighty” is a church like country single. Again, the man’s woman is found cheating with someone else. Other topics included “when your boss is a jerk” or “when your truck breaks down.” According to the song, when things go bad, you just have to yell “Good God O’Mighty!” 

“Gangsta of Love” features Bonecrusher, a rapper best known for his hit single, “Never Scared” released in 2003. “Gangsta of Love” is more of a hip hop sounding single rather than country. The fact that Ford is trying to mix up genres is good, but it only works if executed correctly. Despite the bad execution, this single is in the top 3 best songs of this album.

 “I like that a rap with southern roots has broken into the industry, but I don’t feel the world of country music is ready for that,” said Kayla Davidson, a senior early childhood education major of Bryant.

The second best song is “Ride Through the Country,” featuring John Michael Montgomery. In this single, Ford raps about how his life goes daily and confesses how “country” he is. One thing is certain, he’s honest and perhaps many could relate.

“I only listen to country music because it’s more so about the lyrics than any other genre,” said Zoie Wilson, a freshman criminology major of Plano, Texas.

The best single on this album is “Tailgate,” featuring The Lacs, who are country-rap artists as well. Tailgate is about Ford being proud of the country town he comes from. The single is an upbeat country tune with perfect guitar picking, and it actually sounds good.

Colt Ford’s, “Ride Through the Country Revisited,” isn’t a shining bestselling album, but one thing is for sure, this country boy isn’t through yet.

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