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Colt Ford

Colt Ford

Colt Ford

Country singer/songwriter with a starkly diverse background ranging from hip-hop to alt-rock.

Ride Through the CountryThe first artist to reach number one on Billboard Top Country Albums and Top Rap Albums charts, Georgia singer, songwriter, and rapper Colt Ford has been blazing his own trail since the late 2000s. Released independently on Average Joes Entertainment, which he co-founded, his hook-laden infusion of Southern rock, country, and rap has helped albums like Ride Through the Country (2008), Declaration of Independence (2012), Love Hope Faith (2017), and Must Be the Country (2023) reach millions of listeners.

Chicken & BiscuitsThe reason Colt Ford’s blend of country and rap feels so natural has everything to do with his background, both professional and personal. Just like his closest “hick-hop” competition, Cowboy Troy, Colt grew up listening to country — his first concert was Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton — along with R&B and hip-hop. When the Georgia native reached adulthood he began writing songs, eventually earning co-writing credits with Jamey Johnson, Jeremy Popoff, and the alternative rock band Lit. After a few years, the popular country music duo Montgomery Gentry became clients, then the urban side of Colt’s style was put to use when rapper Bone Crusher and urban superstar Jermaine Dupri came calling. He went from behind the scenes to upfront in 2006 when he wrote “Buck ‘Em,” the theme for the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. In 2008 he released his debut album, Ride Through the Country, and went on tour with country music up-and-comer Brantley Gilbert. Chicken and Biscuits followed in 2010, with the impressive Every Chance I Get arriving in 2011. By this time, Ford had created a larger-than-life hillbilly-redneck public image, but he was also a sly, passionate, and multi-layered writer and businessman, and as a former drummer, he knew what to do in a recording studio. After starting his own label, Average Joe’s Records, Ford worked and toured outside the commercial Nashville umbrella, but he knew his way around the business, and he co-wrote songs with Nashville pros like Jeffrey Steele, Craig Wiseman, Rodney Clawson, and David Lee Murphy for his next project, Declaration of Independence, which appeared in 2012. That record became his most successful to date, and a follow-up, Thanks for Listening, appeared just as summer was kicking off in 2014, and debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200. In May 2017, Ford issued his sixth album, Love Hope Faith, which included guest appearances from Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, and ’90s rockers Lit.

We the PeopleFord returned in 2019 with We the People, which featured cameos from Jimmie Allen, Mitchell Tenpenny, and Dan Tyminski. A period of personal upheaval that included a cancer battle amidst the rigors of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic preceded the release of 2023’s Must Be the Country. The 24-track album comprises previously released hits and new tracks with Vince Gill, Matt Stell, Brantley Gilbert, Tracy Lawrence, and Sam Grow.

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