Ridin' Shotgun was produced by Randy Scruggs and Waylon Jennings (a country music artist and Colter's husband). It would be Colter's final studio album for Capitol Records after releasing six studio releases under the label. The album spawned four singles, which included her final charting single to date, "Holdin' on" (1982). The additional three singles released did not chart the Hot Country Songs list between 1981 and 1982. The album consisted of ten tracks, which included two versions of the title track. The album failed to chart among the Top Country Albums chart.
The album was reviewed by Allmusic and was given two and a half out of five stars.