Chicken & Biscuits

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Few styles of music have stood on such opposite ends of the musical spectrum as rap and country. The attempts of country artists to blend their music with rap range from solemn (Tim McGraw/Nelly’s “Over and Over”) to intentionally silly (Confederate Railroad’s “I Hate Rap”).

Still, newcomer Colt Ford’s guttural voice and well-rendered rhymes just might appeal to the genre-blurred tastes of younger listeners, especially when paired with recognizable duet partners Darryl Worley, Joe Nichols, Randy Houser, James Otto and rapper DMC (of Run-DMC). Randy seems at home on “Hey Y’all,” which sounds like a revised “Boots On” with rapping, and Colt’s duet with James Otto on title cut “Chicken and Biscuits” is catchy; still, not every guest singer here can weather the heavy production and backbeat.

The tracks featuring Darryl (“Tool Timer”) and Josh Gracin (“All About Y’all”) are disposable, though “She Ain’t Too Good for That,” with the steadfastly country Joe Nichols, is a surprising delight, referencing city girls who are country girls at heart. This hip-hop/honky-tonk vibe is more akin to Jason Aldean’s thumping “She’s Country” than hick-hopper Cowboy Troy, and that’s a good thing.

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