Concert Review: Colt Ford at the Blue Note With Tyler Farr and Sunny Ledfurd

Colt Ford stopped into Columbia Missouri on November 4th for a rockin’ concert at the Blue Note. Featuring artists Tyler Farr, and Sunny Ledfurd, this was one of the best shows at the venue this season.

I arrived at the Blue Note about 30 minutes before the doors opened, and the crowd was lined up around the building. We don’t get too many country concerts here in Columbia, so this wasn’t the usual crowd. There was nothing but camouflage and cowboy hats as far as the eye could see, and everyone in line was filled with eager anticipation.

When we got inside, I immediately ordered a pitcher of beer and prepared for the nights first performance. A half hour or so later, Tyler Farr took the stage with a baseball cap and an acoustic guitar. Tyler plays a more traditional style of country music, and it reminds me of the classics from the early nineties. Tyler has a very mature singing voice for looking so young. Some of his best songs were “Camouflage”, a song about his upbringing and country heritage, and “It’s a Huntin’ Thang”, a feel good song about hunting season. Tyler’s songs featured impressive rock solos laced between the twang of a slide guitar and his classic country vocals. During one song toward the end of Tyler’s set, Colt Ford made an appearance to tremendous applause.

Next up was Sunny Ledfurd, a country rock hybrid band from North Carolina. Most of Sunny’s songs are about partying, and of all three bands featured in the show they were my personal favorite. Sunny Ledfurd is famously featured in the Colt Ford song “Waffle House”, where he provides the vocals for the song’s chorus, but his solo offerings are absolutely worth a listen. “Till I Get To My Driveway” is a song about the journey from the bar to the after party, with some bumps in between. “Pontoon Boat” is an ode to chilling on the lake in the old Pontoon Boat, but definitely not a song for Jack Johnson fans. By far my favorite song Sunny performed was “Jim Sharp”, a tribute to the famous Texan bull rider, and I was singing “Ya God Damn Right Jim Sharp” for the next several days. Sunny Ledfurd is the perfect balance of rock and country, making for some great party music.

Finally Colt Ford took the stage and the crowd went wild. Colt has a large band, which compliments his stature. Several of the members are from various parts of Missouri, including the drummer who actually hails straight from Columbia. It wasn’t long before Colt and his band were belting out classics such as “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”, and their own songs such as fan favorite “Chicken and Biscuits”. Colt’s music is an unusual mix of country and hip hop fusing into one of the most unique musical styles I’ve ever heard. It’s obvious Colt and his band care about their fans immensely, and he altered the lyrics of almost every song to reference MIssouri and Columbia. The crowd ate it up and everyone was singing along. Colt and his drummer traded places at one point to play a cover of “Rock N Roll All Night” by KISS, and Colt was surprisingly amazing on the drums. The entire band received introductions and had a chance to showcase their instrumental prowess through some amazing solos, with my favorites coming from the violinist and lead guitarist.

Colt Ford said his goodbyes and left the stage, but the crowd would have none of it. Everyone in the venue started chanting “Colt Ford! Colt Ford!” and just a few minutes later the band came back out(this time with Sunny Ledfurd) and everyone knew it was time to get down at the “Waffle House”. “Waffle House” is a song about a gun, a cheatin’ woman, and the perfect spot for a late night confrontation. The song ended and the concert with it, but this was absolutely one of the best shows this year.