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Ford independence takes him to the top

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 – Colt Ford's fourth studio album, "Declaration of Independence," stands alone at the top of the the Billboard Country albums chart and fifth overall on the Billboard 200. This is the highest career album debut for Ford and his independent record label, Average Joes Entertainment.

Ford took over the top of the country charts from Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged."

"I just can't thank my fans enough for making this record No. 1," said an emotional Ford. "I believed this was my best album yet, and my fans have just proved I was right. Today is a great day and I am so blessed."

The charts are officially out on Thursday.

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Reese's Peanut Butter Cups notwithstanding, two great tastes don't always taste great together. Take, for instance, country music and rap. Hick hop, if you will. Even the name sounds like an affliction of the diaphragm. Wikipedia says this sub genre really took shape with Bubba Sparxxx in 2001, but those of us with longer memories know artists have been trying to wed these antithetical styles since the Bellamy Brothers "Country Rap" in 1987. Back then, it was known as c-rap, a »»»
Declaration of Independence CD review - Declaration of Independence
There are those who would reject Colt Ford out of hand, based on his interpretation of country music. No matter how many fiddles and banjos he includes on his songs, no matter how many country singers he duets with, there is the inescapable fact that Ford raps on his songs. While country and rap have had a few successful pairings, the idea of a country rapper hasn't resulted in much significant airplay for Ford, despite record sales that would make any independent artist envious. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
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