Colt Ford is living his dream of finding success in the country music world and he celebrated the release of his second CD April 16 in Colbert.
Ford’s second CD, “Chicken Biscuits,” was released Tuesday and is available in area stores.
Friday night, Ford celebrated the release of the new CD with country music performers John Michael Montgomery and Josh Gracin. Both Montgomery and Gracin performed full sets and joined Ford during his performance. Montgomery joined with Ford to perform “Ride Through the Country,” from his first CD. Gracin joined Ford to perform “All About Y’all” from his new CD.
Several thousand people attended the outdoor concert held at the Tucker Plantation in Colbert.
“’Chicken and Biscuits’ is one hundred percent me with a lot of growth from the first record, but I didn’t lose who I am,” Ford said.
“Chicken Biscuits” features guest vocal performances from Joe Nichols, James Otto, Randy Houser, Darryl Worley and Josh Gracin.
“Chicken and Biscuits,” which is the name of one of the songs featured on the new CD, was written by Ford, Rhett Atkins and Ben Hayslip.
“I walked in to write with my buddies,” Ford recalls. “I was carrying chicken and biscuits and Rhett said, ‘Let’s write that—chicken and biscuits.’”
The worked on a concept for several hours and came up with the song that Ford says celebrates two of his favorite things—women and food. He says the song is about “all the things that make country women spectacular.”
Ford says that all of his songs celebrate country music and country living.
“I’m just an average Joe whose been blessed with the ability to write music and who loves to perform,” Ford said. “I talk about everyday real country life and I believe in real country values — God, family, friends and hard work. And if that ain’t country, I don’t know what is.”
Ford’s first album, “Ride Through the Country,” had sales of 200,000 paid single downloads and led to Ford receiving MySpace Top 5 country artist placement. The album was also a multiple-week Top 25 Billboard album with sales of over 120,000.
Ford has received reviews from critics like Billboard who called his album, “Ride Through the Country,” “an intriguing amalgam of country lyrics laced with hip-hop beats.”
“Ride Through the Country” features performances from some of Ford’s friends: John Michael Montgomery, Jamey Johnson, Brantley Gilbert, Bonecrusher, Attitude, Jeremy Popoff (of Lit), and Adrian Young (of No Doubt). It includes his current hit music video, “Mr. Goodtime.”
Ford wrapped up 2009 with major tours alongside Jason Aldean and Larry the Cable Guy. He made his debut early this year on the Grand Ole Opry.
An avid sports fan and outdoorsman, he wrote “Buck ‘Em” for the Professional Bull Riders Association and “Huntin’ The World,” the award-winning theme song of the Outdoor Channel’s show of the same name.
Ford grew up near Athens. He and his partner, Shannon Houchins, formed Average Joes Entertainment, located in Nashville, Tenn.