Artist of the Month - Colt Ford
Colt Ford is back with his best album ever and all it took was a return to his roots. "I went backwards," Colt says. "I went back to Ride Through the Country." Which is not to say Colt simply re-hashed his breakthrough album. Quite the contrary, in fact. Declaration of Independence, released on Colt's own Average Joes Entertainment, will no doubt go down as one of the most noteworthy releases this year, which is saying a lot for a man who has already sold nearly a million albums and 3 million downloads. From planting his patriotic flag on the album's first track, "Answer to No One," and closing the album with a prayer on the poetic, honest, and heartfelt "Angels and Demons," which features a conversation with God, the Athens, Georgia native has covered every human emotion on this record and then some.
Longtime collaborator Shannon "Fat Shan" Houchins handles production duties on the album; all-star producer Dann Huff (Keith Uran, Rascal Flatts) also adds his skills to Colt's groundbreaking effort. In all, Colt wrote or co-wrote 14 of the album's 15 tracks. "This album is very real and honest and by far the best record I've ever made," Colt says with pride. "The last two records - I stand up and cheer for them - but I tried to make a lot of people happy on the last two records and I took the edge off of it. On this record I put the edge back on there." Colt's list of guest superstars on Declaration of Independence is an impressive one. Jason Aldean, for whom Colt co-wrote the smash "Dirt Road Anthem," lends his vocal talents to "Drivin' Around," while Jake Owen adds his unique spin on "Back," the album's first single."
Those familiar with Colt's lotta-fun-legacy shouldn't be surprised that Declaration on Independence is chock-full of good time anthems and left turns. "I hear artists say, 'I've got 10 songs and they're all singles.' Well, I don't know if I watt to even hear that record, because that shouldn't be the case," Colt contends. "If you did 10 songs and they're all singles you did a whole album of vanilla. I would prefer to have a few different flavors. Just because something isn't designed as a single, doesn't mean it's not a great song."