Colt Ford Is 'Back' With New Single Featuring Jake Owen (LISTEN)
He may not be a household name just yet, but his music is known to millions of country music fans. Singer-songwriter Colt Ford, who has just released a new single, "Back," featuring Jake Owen, has spent the past several years building up a strong -- and growing -- fan base, with sales that rival some of today's reigning country superstars. He's hoping his new album, Declaration of Independence, will accelerate that growth even more. But while his music, which is a blend of country and hip-hop, may not earn him top spots on radio charts yet, two of his songs have: Brantley Gilbert's "Country Must Be Country Wide" and Jason Aldean's "Dirt Road Anthem," which became one of the best-selling hits of 2011.
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"Brantley and I were going to write with another guy [Mike Dekle] that we wrote 'Country Must Be Country Wide' with," Colt recalls to The Boot of the day he penned "Dirt Road Anthem." "We met for lunch and Brantley was like, 'Man I have this idea,' and 25 minutes later we had 'Dirt Road Anthem.' But it was for my record. We didn't think anyone in the world would care about 'Dirt Road Anthem,' or what we were talking about. But it came together that fast, and we recorded it for my album."
The tune quickly became a fan favorite, which was a surprise for everyone, including Colt. "All of a sudden, this song was so popular," says the singer-songwriter. "I was playing with Jason in 2009, and we were in an arena. We were done, and he goes, 'How do all the people know the words to that song?' I was like, 'I don't know, man. It's crazy. They know that song and they love