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Friday, March 13 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Colt Ford

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“When I was a kid/Playing air guitar/Wishing I was a star/Just wanted a chance/To stand up here/And play a few songs for y’all” “Thanks for Listening”
Colt Ford is just an unassuming good old country boy from Georgia, a one-time pro golfer turned songwriter and musician who has struck a chord with his growing fan base. On Thanks for Listening, his fifth album on his own perfectly named Average Joes Entertainment label, he returns the favor, offering his audience a humble token of his appreciation.
With his groundbreaking blend of country music and hip-hop rhythms, Ford is a cultural force who is ready to go from cult status to a household name, from the mud trucker events where he started to arena stages, where he’ll next be seen sharing the bill with Toby Keith on his “Shut Up and Hold On” summer tour, where thousands of red solo cups will be raised in celebration.
“I’m just blessed to be able to play music,” he says. “Every artist who gets to do this for a living should thank their lucky stars, be humble and grateful.“I just set out to make the best songs I can make, try to be honest and this is what comes out. I write about things I know about, things I’ve done or things someone else did while I was standing there… Like, hey, hold my beer and watch this!”
And while country radio – not to mention the Nashville powers-that-be – have been slow to embrace Colt Ford, the current party ethos of the music is now catching up to him. After writing #1 country hits for Jason Aldean (“Dirt Road Anthem”) and Brantley Gilbert (“Country Must be Country Wide”), Ford, currently collaborating with Brad Paisley, has more than one million Facebook fans, 100 million YouTube views, has sold more than one million albums and several million downloads.

“I’d like to let the fans decide about my music, rather than have some program director say they don’t think people will like it,” says Ford. “I’m just going to keep doing what I do.”

Friday March 13, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm MST
Main Stage