Summary : Made to put in, turn up, and take off down a back road; it is a melodic and fun trip with one of my favorite drivers at the wheel.
By John Lindsay –
“Don’t take my kindness for weakness, we don’t retreat, we reload…” and with those words the new album from Colt Ford is underway. Love, Hope, Faith is Colt’s brand of country. It’s country, it’s hip hop, and it’s even a tinge of disco. On any Colt Ford record you’ll find a mix of old school country sounds, values, and stories twisted with modern beats and collaborations with Nashville’s elite. This album features appearances from Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Tyler Farr, Granger Smith (Yee Yee!!), Rizzi Myers, newcomers Waterloo Revival… even the rock band Lit and The Voice Season 1 winner Javier Colon.
The album opens with a definitive Colt Ford track. “Reload” feature’s newcomer Taylor Ray Holbrook singing the opening, above paraphrased chorus while Colt drops his southern truth over a slow rolling beat. It’s Colt, his humble roots showing while warning his kindness is not a weakness. He can slap you with the same hand he would have helped you with. It’s an anthem of respect, hope, and true American values. “Dynamite”, a great weekend party song follows featuring Waterloo Revival, a rocking guitar, and arena rock attitude. Then it’s one of the true melodic highlights of the album. “Young Americans” features Charles Kelley and his brother Josh singing the chorus on the collections most radio friendly and melodic track. It’s a fun reminiscent journey to a more innocent time, and incorporates several classic song titles in the lyrics.
The first song released “4 Lane Gone” was Colt’s first “solo” single. It is radio ready and shows off Colt’s singing chops. It’s a classic love gone wrong story done Colt Ford South Georgia style. He also goes solo on a couple of other tracks here “Drunk Girl” and “Dirt Road Disco”, the latter a catchy and effective disco beat that will have it in the clubs with a quickness.
Tyler Farr returns for the single “My Truck”. Country boys love their toys and their trucks, and love to brag about them. “My truck jacked up so high you can hardly see us, your truck more like a Prius” lol. It only took 15 listens to identify the riff sampled on this track. It’s one classic rock guitar hook you’ll immediately recognize but not be able to identify, I found myself half singing but not remembering the lyrics. It took my crack research department (Google and some liner notes) to come up with Gary Wrights “Love is Alive.”
Toby Keith stops by for a fun loving Rum a Dee Dum Dum song called “Time Flies.” Brad Paisley joins in on a search for the perfect girl, “Looking for a Hand Out” is fun hunt for a country girl, who is ready to have some fun and be the center of your world. Lit and Colt get their rock on in an ode to “Mud”, The Voice season 1 winner Javier Colon sings chorus on a “dream comes true if you put in the work” anthem “No Rest”, “Bad Day” featuring Rizzi Myers is an absolute gem, and Granger Smith closes it out “Keepin’ it Real.”
Love, Hope, Faith is just in time for the summer. Made to put in, turn up, and take off down a back road; it is a melodic and fun trip with one of my favorite drivers at the wheel. Colt Ford once again delivers his one of a kind, unique blend of old school country spoken word, hip hop, rock and roll attitude, and southern principles. Get you some Love, Hope, Faith and you’ll be hooked.