Colt Ford is a Georgia singer, songwriter, rapper, musician and performer. He’s also the co-founder and co-owner of Average Joes Entertainment and is country’s preeminent independent maverick. Colt is best known for fusing country and rap genres for a “Hick Hop” sound. Colt doesn’t hold back how he feels. His songs like “When Country Comes Back,” reflecting on how the world was ending a near-global shutdown and “Answer to No One” and albums like “Declaration of Independence” and “We the People” let you know exactly who Colt is, and how he feels about his country and his freedom. You get Colt Ford, hardworking American patriot, in all of his lyrics; he doesn’t have chauffeurs, a bunch of sports cars or his own jet. He tells folks, while that’s all cool, “I am just Colt Ford.” It’s relatable to his fans and Americans everywhere. Colt is also no stranger to lending a hand and being a springboard for newcomers to country music, with the same core patriotic values, through Average Joes Entertainment. Colt is just a guy who loves the outdoors, his country and the American way of life. He is about God, family, friends and America! NRA Country’s Lisa Supernaugh was honored to sit down and speak with Colt recently. Be sure to follow Colt on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. You can catch one of his shows, purchase merchandise and read more about Colt by going to coltford.com.
LS: Who got you interested in hunting, fishing and the outdoors?
CF: That was definitely my grandfather, my mom’s dad. He loved to hunt and fish.
LS: Your song “I Answer To No One” spells out how you feel about your freedom; what inspired this song for you?
CF: It’s just how I was raised, I guess. I answer to God and my mom and dad. Just wanted them to know who I am.
LS: You have been a mentor and springboard for lots of artists, such as Tyler Farr, Brantley Gilbert and many more. Not many folks do that; why do you?
CF: Well, those guys are so dang good they didn’t need my help. I don’t know that I did anything really; I’m just a little older and try and be a good friend. A lot of artists seem to be jealous … I’m not like that—I want to see my friends do well.
LS: What does freedom mean to you?
CF: Being able to say and think how I want, and not being forced to accept something that I know is not true. I don’t have any problems with anyone as long as you’re kind to others.
LS: You just released some great new music, “In the End,” with Josh Mirenda. Tell us a little about it.
CF: It’s just such a great song by Linkin Park, and I was always a huge fan. It was such a shame to lose Chester, but the band and the music lives on, and I was paying homage to a great song.
LS: If there were one person you could meet in history, who would it be?
CF: I would like to meet my dad’s father—I never got to do that.
LS: Your song “Workin’ On” spotlights our veterans. Tell us a little about the meaning of the song.
CF: We owe the men and women that have served, and continue to serve, a debt that can never be repaid. I want to always shine a light on our veterans; they deserve that and so much more.
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