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The reason Colt Ford's blending 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 up front 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. Ford by this time 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.
Jason Farris Brown (born August 27, 1970) known professionally as Colt Ford, is an American country music artist and former professional golfer. He has released four albums via Average Joes Entertainment, which he co-founded. Ford has charted six times on the Hot Country Songs charts, and co-wrote (with Brantley Gilbert) "Dirt Road Anthem", a song on his 2008 album Ride Through the Country, which Jason Aldean later covered on his My Kinda Party.Cite error: The named reference cmt was invoked but never defined (see the help page). http://www.americansongwriter.com/2011/09/the-story-behind-the-song-dirt-road-anthem/
Brown was born and raised in Athens, Georgia. He was a professional golfer, playing on the Nationwide Tour. Later, he turned his interests to music, taking influence from country music and hip hop. Assuming the stage name Colt Ford, he released his debut album, Ride Through the Country, on December 2, 2008, through Average Joe's Entertainment, which he cofounded. This album included the singles "No Trash in My Trailer" (a cover of a Gene Watson song) and "Ride Through the Country" (a duet with John Michael Montgomery), the latter of which did not chart until the week of October 10, 2009, when it debuted at No. 57 on the Hot Country Songs chart. He also appeared on a rap remix of Montgomery Gentry's late-2008 Number One single "Roll with Me." Ford's debut album also has guest appearances from country singer Jamey Johnson, as well as Bone Crusher and Jermaine Dupri, Adrian Young of No Doubt and Jeremy Popoff of Lit. The album did not enter the Billboard albums charts until 2009.
Ford co-wrote and originally recorded the song "Dirt Road Anthem" for his debut album Ride Through the Country, which was later released by Brantley Gilbert, who co-wrote the song, on his 2010 album Halfway to Heaven, and again by Jason Aldean on his album My Kinda Party, also from 2010.
Ford wrote the theme song "Buck 'em" for the Professional Bull Riders association. He also appears as a guest vocalist on the track "Tailgatin'" on Cledus T. Judd's 2009 album Polyrically Uncorrect, a song which Ford wrote with Johnson and Popoff. Ford's second studio album, Chicken & Biscuits, was released in April 2010, following the release of its title track.
Ford released a third studio album on May 3, 2011, called Every Chance I Get. The album's lead-off single, "Country Thang", debuted at number 55 on country charts for the chart week ending February 19, 2011. "She Likes to Ride in Trucks", featuring Craig Morgan, served as the album's second single.
Ford's fourth album, Declaration of Independence, became his first number 1 album on Top Country Albums. Its first charted single is "Back", a duet with Jake Owen. "Back", is also Ford's highest charting single to date, peaking and making the Top 40 on the Hot Country Songs chart. In 2012, Colt Ford headlined the Declaration Of Independence Tour with supporting acts The Lacs, Lenny Cooper, and JB and the Moonshine Band. In the fall of 2012 Ford announced he would be touring with JJ Lawhorn on the Answer To No One Tour."Colt Ford biography". CMT. Retrieved 1 July 2009. Elling, Steve. "Up & Down: Mickelsons appreciate thoughts; sour note by singer". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2009-07-03. Talbott, Chris (4 June 2010). "Ford takes a different country road". GoErie.com. Retrieved 26 July 2011. "Ford brings upbeat style, 'No Trash in My Trailer' crooner to perform country/hip-hop mix". Sun News. 2008-08-29. Retrieved 1 July 2009. "New Faces: Colt Ford". The Boot. 2009-02-02. Retrieved 1 July 2009. David Jeffries. "Colt Ford biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 1 July 2009. "CMT.com : Brantley Gilbert : Album". CMT. Retrieved 2011-02-05. "My Kinda Party >> Music >> Jason Aldean". Jason Aldean. Retrieved 2011-02-05. "Music". Cledus T. Judd. Retrieved 1 July 2009. "Future Releases for Country Radio Stations". All Access. Retrieved February 11, 2011.