One thing you can say about Colt Ford’s brand of country music: It’s different. It’s country and it’s rap. It’s not laid-back, tongue-in-cheek country rap like in the old Bellamy Brothers song, “Country Rap,” or cheesy wannabe stuff like Cowboy Troy’s “Play Chicken With The Train.” It is an honest effort at attempting to meld the two genre’s into a workable formula. For some, it fails, but for an increasing number of fans that grew up listening to all types of music genres that included country and rap, it works all too well. With a new album to promote, Ford will be laying down some country boy spits at the House of Blues on Saturday, September 29, in North Myrtle Beach.
Ford, who was once a professional golfer, has been making his own sound for some time, dropping his first album, Ride Through The Country, in 2008. With each successive album, he has charted higher, with his latest, Declaration of Independence, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, No. 2 on the Rap Albums chart, and No. 5 on the Billboard 200. And as his albums find better placement, so, too, has his singles. His latest song, “Back,” which features the singing talent of Jake Owen, peaked at No. 51 on the Country Hot Songs chart. (Technically speaking, Ford has one other song, also from Declaration of Independence, that has charted higher. “Drivin’ Around Song,” featuring Jason Aldean, peaking at No. 17 on the Heatseekers Song chart. The Heatseekers charts track developing artists that once they’ve place a song in the Top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100, they become ineligible for the chart.)
Ford not only has his own way of doing country music, he’s involved the process of making music as well. He writes — 14 of the 15 songs on the new album were written or co-written by Ford. His writing resume also includes the hit song “Dirt Road Anthem” that was recorded by Jason Aldean (who took it to No. 1 in 2011) and Brantley Gilbert (who co-wrote the song). Ford included the tune (which featured Gilbert on vocals) on his first album, which was completed for the record label he co-founded, Average Joe’s Entertainment. All four of Ford’s albums have been released on his own label.
And the man isn’t afraid to mix his genres, having worked in the past with not only Aldean and Gilbert, but also Run DMC, Nappy Roots, and members of Rehab and Lit. He even sings with Wayne Morris of Boyz II Men on the new album.
Opening for Ford Saturday evening will be Chad Warrix, formerly of the Academy of Country Music Awards-nominated (2008 Duo of the Year) duo Halfway To Hazard.
Tickets for Colt Ford concert are $18 for General Admission Standing ($21 on day of show). Reserved seating is available as well for $30 ($32 on day of show).
Doors for the show open at 7:00 p.m. (EST). The concert starts at 8:00 p.m.
For more information on Colt Ford and his music, head over to his official website, ColtFord.com.
The House of Blues is located at 4640 Highway 17 South in North Myrtle Beach.