Declaration of Independence (Deluxe Edition)
by Colt Ford
Released: Aug 2012
Label: Average Joes Entertainment
Hick-hop's heftiest good ole boy opens with angry identity politics, branding himself a "shotgun toter, Republican voter, Hank Jr. supporter" over "We Will Rock You" thumping. Later, in the "Beat It"-riffed "50/50," the only guest-free track, he threatens a city slicker. Jason Aldean (cloning "Dirt Road Anthem" in "Drivin' Around Song"), Montgomery Gentry, Kix Brooks, Darius Rucker and lesser lights help elsewhere. The boondock nostalgia and crunk-metal-country mix are formula by now. But guitar licks (notably grimy in "Hugh Damn Right" and '80s-AOR yummy in "All of My Tomorrows") still kick.