Colt Ford is living proof that good things happen in threes.
No sooner was he grabbing kudos for his nomination on the April 3rd broadcast of the Academy of Country Music Awards show in Las Vegas, than he was lauded for co-writing Jason Aldean‘s red-hot hit “Dirt Road Anthem.” On May 3rd, Ford released a new album Every Chance I Get, that gives him plenty of chances to show off his musical range and build his ever-increasing fan base.
“I had this guy in $300 jeans telling me I’m not country,” said ACM nominee Ford with a laugh. “I said ‘Really?’ I guess you think of country a bit different than I do.’”
Those that think Ford’s “country rap” style isn’t genuine should talk to Hank Williams Jr., who invited Ford on his Rowdy Friends Tour along with Charlie Daniels, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Eric Church and the many other artists who work with Ford when they get the chance.
Take Aldean, a good friend of Ford’s. Although Colt had recorded “Dirt Road Anthem,” he was enthused when Aldean followed suit, putting his own spin on the song.
“Jason is one of those guys who can relate to the song. He’s authentic and he made the song sound just like him…That’s just great,” said Ford, noting that he and Aldean both grew up as small town country boys. “He’s one of my close friends. Of course when we talk, we don’t talk [business]. We talk football, fishing, trucks, all those things we both like.”
One of those things, though, may well be country music legend George Jones, who gets a special call out in “Dirt Road Anthem.” “When you think about driving down the road swerving and smoking, you just think of George Jones,” said Ford likely speaking for most country music fans. “It just made sense.”
It also made sense for Ford—who loves the variety of sounds in country music—to invite his friends to join him on the latest record. He spent plenty of time writing songs that would match up well with his guests.
Consider the song “Twisted,” which is all about a small town boy struggling with mixed emotions as he plans to go to a big city university and try to be a football star. So many of the references about sweet tea and other points of small town life would be lost to many, but for guest artist, small town guy and football fan Tim McGraw, they arguably resonated.
“That’s probably one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written,” said Ford. “I want to tell kids that it’s cool to be a country kid. You can be cool and sure of yourself without your pants hanging down. I think that’s why a lot of parents can relate to it.
“The thing is, I believe in God, family, friends and hard work. I can’t not be who I am.”
Country fans are glad of that!
Check out the track listing and featured guests on Ford’s new album:
1. “Country Thang” featuring Eric Church
2. “Work It Out” featuring Luke Bryan
3. “Waste Some Time” featuring Nappy Roots and Nic Cowan
4.”‘Do It With My Eyes Closed” featuring Josh Thompson
5. “This Is Our Song” featuring Danny Boone of Rehab
6. “Titty’s Beer” featuring Trent Tomlinson
7. “She Wants to Ride in Trucks” featuring Craig Morgan
8. “Pipe the Sunshine In” featuring Tyler Farr
9. “Every Chance I Get”
10. “What I Call Home” featuring JB & The Moonshine Band
11. “Overworked & Underpaid” featuring Charlie Daniels
12. “Skirts & Boots” featuring Frankie Ballard
13. “Twisted” featuring Tim McGraw
Find out more about Colt Ford’s new record, tour and other news on his Web site.