Editors’ Notes Colt Ford’s fifth album, Thanks for Listening, is filled with the genre-bending fusions that define contemporary country—the Georgia singer/songwriter offers half-sung, half-rapped tunes about muddy trucks, Southern hotties, and homemade moonshine that are backed by banjos and drum sequencers. His mission, at least on the guitar-driven “Washed in the Mud,” is to "celebrate that country life that we love so much.” But the rap-inflected beats throughout much of Thanks for Listening demonstrate just how much artists like Ford (and his star-studded guest list, which includes Keith Urban, Lee Brice, and Randy Houser) have blurred the genre's conventional boundaries. When Ford offers straight-ahead pop-country party anthems (like the title track or "Farm Life”), his magnetic melodies and raunchy sense of humor shine. But a wildly eclectic tune like “Crank It Up”—with its laser-cut synth-bass, Auto-Tune vocals, and borrowed AC/DC riff—is where Ford is his most gleefully creative, orchestrating a delightfully chaotic collision of trends from across the pop spectrum.
Thanks for Listening (feat. Daniel Lee)
She's Like (feat. Keith Urban)
Cut 'Em All (feat. Willie Robertson)
The High Life (feat. Chase Rice)
Dirty Side (feat. Walker Hayes)
Sip It Slow (feat. Lee Brice)
Crank It Up
Farm Life (feat. Justin Moore)
Crickets (feat. Jerrod Niemann)
Washed in the Mud (feat. Randy Houser)
12 Songs, 43 Minutes
July 1, 2014
℗ 2014 Average Joes Entertainment
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