Late last year this critic covered veteran country music act Alabama’s then brand new live recording Alabama & Friends Live at the Ryman. In covering that recording, this critic made mention that Eagle Rock Entertainment had presented such an impressive release in that recording that it should take a chance and handle recordings from more country acts. Audiences can check out that review right here. Interestingly enough it was not long after that recommendation that Eagle Rock announced it would release Colt Ford’s new recording Crank It Up!: Live at Wild Adventures. It might be little more than coincedence (more than likely) or it could be that someone at Eagle Rock paid attention to this critic’s recommendation. But to see that Eagle Rock has released another new country recording in this release is quite impressive. It is impressive not just in that Eagle Rock took that chance but that Eagle Rock took that chance and released what proves in the end to be another impressive live recording from another well-known country act. The most impressive factor in Colt Ford’s Crank It Up!: Live at Wild Adventures is the show’s set list. Regardless of one’s familiarity with Ford’s material, every viewer will find something to like in the concert’s set list. That’s because the music is catchy and the songs simple and straightforward. What’s more, they aren’t the stereotypical “oh-woe-is-me” style songs that so many people associate with country music. Rather they celebrate all the positives of country music and the lifestyle of those that celebrate the music. In direct correlation to the set list, the concert’s twenty total songs run for nearly ninety minutes. That is a lot of music crammed into a relatively small space. But it doesn’t feel jam packed. It is one more way in which Colt Ford’s new live recording shines. Last but obviously not least of all to note of this recording is its collective production values. Those values are comprised mainly of the concert’s audio and video mix. As with every previous live recording released by Eagle Rock Entertainment in recent years, this concert’s production values live up to the standards set by the company’s previous releases. The end result of that high quality audio and video mix is a concert that is well worth the watch because of the ease in both seeing and hearing it. And in considering this, it proves to be a concert that any Colt Ford fan will enjoy.
Colt Ford’s latest live recording Crank It Up!: Live at Wild Aventures is a piece that any of Ford’s fans will enjoy. Regardless of those fans’ familiarity with Ford’s work, it proves to be quite the enjoyable concert all the way around. The primary reason for that enjoyment is the show’s set list. The set list that makes up this concert is comprised of twenty-songs. They make for a good introduction for those that might not be so familiar with Colt Ford’s body of work. Audiences that aren’t so familiar with the music crafted by Ford and his band mates will be impressed to hear that every one of those twenty total songs breaks the stereotype that some still have today of country music. There is no “oh-woe-is-me” style song to speak of anywhere in this show’s set list. From the joys of something as simple as listening to crickets with a pretty girl at night to something as simple as driving around in a pickup truck to simply celebrating real southern girls and more, the songs compiled for this concert are lyircally simple. They celebrate the simple life associated with country music, thus leaving audiences feeling goodat the same time as entertaining audiences. Because the concert’s set list leaves audiences with such a positive vibe, it makes audiences want to go back and listen to this concert any time that they have had a rough day. And because the set list has that ability to connect with audiences no matter how many times they take in the concert, it shows by itself plenty of reason for any Colt Ford fan and country music fan to check out this new live recording from Colt Ford.
The set list that makes up Colt Ford’s new live recording is in itself plenty of reason for audiences to pick it up in stores or order it online. The show’s run time and pacing are just as important to that ability to reach and engage audiences time and again. The disc’s primary feature–the concert–runs just under the ninety minute mark. Interestingly enough, over the course of that near hour and a half performance, audiences never once feel rushed. This even with Ford and his band mates performing a total of twenty songs. Some might shrug and ask why this is significant. It is significant in that there are other acts out there that can make twenty songs feel like either an eternity or a performance that is way too rushed. Ford and company do neither. Instead they balance the show’s relatively long set list with the song’s energy to leave audiences feeling entirely fulfilled by the show’s end. It is yet another way in which Crank It Up!: Live at Wild Adventures wins over audiences and proves yet again why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains to this day the leader in live recordings.
The set list that makes up the body of Crank It Up!: Live at Wild Adventures is a solid foundation for the concert. The show’s coleltive run time and pacing sitatop that foundation and make it all the stronger, thus making the concert all the more enjoyable for audiences. As important as these elements are to the success and enjoyment of the recording, they would be nothing without the concert’s collective production values–its audio and video mix. As with every concert that Eagle Rock Entertainment has released before, the audio and video mix at the center of Crank It Up!: Live at Wild Adventures are the best possible quality. Even being an outdoor show, rain coming down at points, director Potsy Ponciroli and the camera crew worked expertly in tandem with the show’s audio techs to give audiences the best product possible. Every element of the show’s audio and video mix comes together to prove once more why Crank It Up!: Live at Wild Adventures is one more top notch release from Eagle Rock Entertainment.
Crank It Up!: Live at Wild Adventures is available now in stores and online. Audiences can check out a trailer for the DVD now online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j34Cq9MhYMg. More information on this and other recordings from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:
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