Colt Ford – “Chicken and Biscuits”

Paul Brian | March 29th, 2010

coltfordA hip-hop country song with fiddles in it? “Lord have mercy,” can anyone pull it off? Enter former pro golfer turned Hick Hop star Colt Ford, a man known to wax poetic about burritos and meatloaf on his Twitter page. He moves on to deeper subject matter here, exploring the connection between the love for his “backwoods baby” and his craving for chicken and biscuits. The way to this man’s heart is definitely through his stomach.

Songwriter Rhett Akins stays true to his style here. He has co-written such hits as Brooks & Dunn’s “Put a Girl In It,” and Joe Nichols’ “Gimmie That Girl,” and with “Chicken and Biscuits” he follows a similar tack. We’re presented with a magical girl who makes everything wonderful, in this case for the passive, almost mawkishly grateful male character on the receiving end. Insert trite “She’s Country” idealizations of a rural princess with the bona fide know-how and effortless “Redneck Woman” sexiness of all similarly typecast country gals, and the only novel addition here is the flow of the hip-hop beat and Ford’s humor.

Indeed, “Chicken and Biscuits,” crams far more than the USDA Daily Recommended Serving of stale country music clichés into our ears, but it does so with such gusto that you may find its infectious energy grows on you. In fact, the upbeat “Chicken and Biscuits” is surprisingly edible, and frankly, as addictive as nobody’s business. Jayson Chance and Shannon Houchins’ fairly mellow production gives Ford space to do his thing, while a fair bit of fiddle finds its way into the chorus and bridge, aiming to lend some country credibility. Pursuing a similar theme to Zac Brown Band’s first number one “Chicken Fried,” this single has a good shot at climbing high on Generation Y’s music menu.

The chorus does approach the limits of inanity with filler like “way hotter than the Alabama asphalt,” thrown in just for the assonance, internal rhyme and Southern state name-check. But all is not lost: The comically testosterone-filled, good-natured guttural rapping of the verses sounds almost like a humorous caricature and shifts nicely into the fervent vocals of the chorus. Ford’s wry delivery of pre-chorus lines like, “And by the way boys, did I mention…” brings just the right amount of ‘I’ll-tell-you-one-better’ to lead into the even more ramped-up preaching of the chorus.

On Ford’s website, his music is described as being “truly a blend of many American musical styles, including country, rock, hip-hop, and rhythm and blues.” Well, while this gregarious Georgian has likely not discovered some melting pot of quintessentially American music here, he has found his way past the bland work of Kid Rock and Cowboy Troy. Ford has arranged a marriage of opposites that just might make it down the aisle, especially in a youth-dominated music market where silly sells. Even if its churning mixture of hip-hop and country leaves some listeners with an identity crisis, this single will draw others firmly in. The song is catchy and fun, and it makes you feel good.

Mr. Ford is the proud new owner of a top-notch guilty pleasure song. Speaking of that, someone pass the chicken and biscuits, and hit replay already.

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Listen: Colt Ford – “Chicken and Biscuits”

  1. Steve M.
    March 29, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Glad to see Rhett Atkins still in the music business. I always had a soft spot “That Ain’t my Truck”.

  2. Thomas
    March 29, 2010 at 10:59 am

    …just picture for a moment what travis tritt could have made out of this on any empty stomack day. it would have still been the same novelty-ditty but it would have sounded so much better.
    i guess that’s the big weakness of colt ford – it’s not bad but it’s a long way from being good.

  3. Trent
    March 29, 2010 at 11:05 am

    I prefer the version that had James Otto singing the chorus that Roughstock had a couple weeks ago.

  4. Stephen H.
    March 29, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Granted, this is the first Colt Ford song I’ve heard, but I would take Cowboy Troy over this.

  5. samantha
    March 29, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I love COLT FORD seen him sing at Jester’s Pub last thrusday! WAY better than cowboy troy with his one hit wounder!

  6. Adam
    March 29, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I listen to Colt Ford at the gym all the time. Looking forward to the new CD!

  7. Noeller
    March 29, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    that “Ride Through The Country” song he did with JMM awhile back wasn’t too bad, but this is garbage. CF is the worst part of every CF song, unfortunately.

  8. James Otto Sweet Heart
    March 29, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Whose idea was it that James Otto be replaced by whoever the heck that is doing the singing on the “Chicken & Biscuits” song???!!! (severely BURNED UP)

    To me, there is nothing better once you have heard the best, I love James SO much!!!

    God bless you and him always!!!

    Holly in East Tennessee

  9. Matt Bjorke
    March 29, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Holly,

    The reason was likely a label didn’t want to have this song make James Otto’s song ‘tank’ on the charts with the reasoning being that radio doesn’t like to play too many of the same artist too often…although pop/rock/hip hop seems fine with such things.

  10. James Otto Sweet Heart
    March 29, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    I don’t see how this song would make the newest one from James do bad when it is someone else who is the main person on it. To me, James is not on the radio enough anyways.

    God bless you and him always!!!

    Holly in East Tennessee

  11. Rick
    March 29, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I have to hand it to the producer of Colt’s music as apart from Colt’s vocals all the other elements are pretty top notch. Colt’s songs can be pretty darn catchy and the rap approach is novel enough to be appealing in the short term.

    I really doubt Top 40 country radio will pay him any mind as he’s not young, nor good looking and that alone disqualifies him these days. Colt does seem to be developing a dedicated group of drunken yahoo fans for his concerts though!

    I think Colt and Unknown Hinson would make a good double bill, if Colt could just get Unknown to cool it with all those pointless rock guitar solos…

  12. Steve M.
    March 29, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Wasn’t that the general consensus of the last Ford review-that overall people liked almost everything about his music except for Colt Ford.

  13. Stephen H.
    March 30, 2010 at 1:18 am

    It would be more bearable if he could actually rap. But he has as much talent rapping — at least from what I’ve heard (since my earlier comment I’ve listened to several other tracks online) — as he has talent singing, which I’ve read that he’s admitted he has little.

  14. Kyle
    March 30, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Does anyone know who sings the chorus on the radio version? It sounds like a familiar voice but I just can’t place it. I think Otto does a better job, but the radio version isn’t all that bad either.

  15. Johnny Red
    March 30, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Love this track… Wish the majors would be willing to share Otto, as I’m sure he does too, since I been hearing this one on the radio lately… The album should have the Otto version, as well as a bunch of other big names! As far as too many “country cliches”… Isn’t the term “country” a bit of a cliche itself these days? I’m definitely looking forward to hearing more of what Colt has to offer… You may not like his voice, but at least he’s not hiding behind autotune like most of the artists (you probably don’t even realize it) on the radio today. Heard some of these folks sing live? Colt stays true, thats the same Colt you’re gonna hear on stage any night of the week. Colt is authentic and awesome!

  16. Johnny Red
    March 30, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    And I believe thats Rhean Boyer from Carolina Rain on this version of the track…

  17. Chuck
    March 30, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Boy you all are why country music has gone down hill the last 15 years you would not know good if it was a dog and bit ya this man brings the south back in country he’s not one of these wanta be’s he’s the real deal and damn good you all keep playing this so called country crap and I’ll keep playing Colt Ford and having a good ol true country time and while you’er at it get you’er ear’s checked because there is not much out there worth playing anymore.

  18. Christie
    March 30, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    My fav. is Backroads. I love me some Colt Ford!!

  19. v
    April 6, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Can someone please write the lyrics

  20. v
    April 6, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Can someone please write the lyrics to Colt Ford – Chicken & Biscuits

  21. Steve M.
    April 6, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    There are lyrics?

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