Hearing Colt Ford on a studio album is one thing, but hearing him live, with the enthusiastic cheers of his fans and backed by his first-rate band is something altogether different. Recorded at a live gig at the lovely Suwannee River Music Park in 2009, Live at Suwannee River Jam shows Ford at his best, comfortable in a backwoods outdoor venue performing for an appreciative audience. Most of the songs are familiar to anyone who has heard Ride Through The Country, but the cover of Charlie Daniels’ “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” is noteworthy, as is “Saddle Up”, on which each band member takes a solo. “Dirt Road Anthem” is here, too, of course, and the overall feel of the album is an odd mix of love of God, love of country and love of raising hell. But it’s great fun, and you’re left with the feeling that Colt Ford really loves the country, really loves his fans, and means every word he raps. And that’s ultimately what it’s all about. 

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