Colt Ford

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Colt Ford
Ford in 2010
Ford in 2010
Background information
Birth nameJason Farris Brown
Born (1969-08-27) August 27, 1969 (age 54)
OriginAthens, Georgia, U.S.[1]
GenresCountry rap
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
  • record label owner
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2008–present
LabelsAverage Joes

Jason Farris Brown (born August 27, 1969) known professionally as Colt Ford, is an American country rap musician, songwriter, entrepreneur, and former professional golfer. He is also the co-founder of record label Average Joes Entertainment. Ford has released seven albums through Average Joes and has charted multiple singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts. In addition, he co-wrote "Dirt Road Anthem" for Jason Aldean, "Country Must Be Country Wide" for Brantley Gilbert, and "Mind on You" for George Birge.


Jason Farris Brown was born and raised in Athens, Georgia.[2] He was a professional golfer,[1] playing on the Nationwide Tour.[3] Later, he turned his interests to music, taking influence from country music and hip hop.[1] Assuming the stage name Colt Ford, he released his debut album, Ride Through the Country, on December 2, 2008, through Average Joes Entertainment, which he cofounded.[4] This album included the singles "No Trash in My Trailer"[5] (a cover of a Mike Dekle/Byron Hill 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 number 57 on Hot Country

He also appeared on a rap remix of Montgomery Gentry's late-2008 Number One single "Roll with Me".[6] 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.[7] 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; it was later released by Brantley Gilbert, who co-wrote the song, on his 2010 album Halfway to Heaven,[8][9] and again by Jason Aldean on his album My Kinda Party, also from 2010.[10]

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.[11] 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.[12] The album's lead-off single, "Country Thang", debuted at number 55 for the country 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 Ford's highest charting single to date, making Top 40 on Hot Country Songs. 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's fifth studio album, Thanks for Listening, was released on July 1, 2014.

"4 Lane Gone" is the first single from his sixth studio album, Love Hope Faith. Ford released a music video for the single on September 11, 2016[13] Love Hope Faith was released on May 5, 2017.[14]

Colt's next album We the People, Volume 1 was released in September 2019.

On April 5, 2024, Ford suffered a heart attack after a concert in Arizona, and was placed in intensive care soon after.[15]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2011 Academy of Country Music Awards Vocal Event of the Year — "Cold Beer" (with Jamey Johnson)[16] Nominated


  1. ^ a b c "Colt Ford biography". CMT. Retrieved 1 July 2009.
  2. ^ David Jeffries. "Colt Ford | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  3. ^ Elling, Steve. "Up & Down: Mickelsons appreciate thoughts; sour note by singer". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2009-07-03.
  4. ^ Talbott, Chris (4 June 2010). "Ford takes a different country road". Archived from the original on 22 September 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ "New Faces: Colt Ford". The Boot. 2009-02-02. Retrieved 1 July 2009.
  7. ^ David Jeffries. "Colt Ford biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 1 July 2009.
  8. ^ Waterman, Doug (2011-09-21). "The Story Behind The Song: "Dirt Road Anthem" « American Songwriter". Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  9. ^ " : Brantley Gilbert : Album". CMT. Retrieved 2011-02-05.
  10. ^ "My Kinda Party >> Music >> Jason Aldean". Jason Aldean. Retrieved 2011-02-05.
  11. ^ "Music". Cledus T. Judd. Archived from the original on 23 June 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2009.
  12. ^ "Future Releases for Country Radio Stations". All Access. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
  13. ^ "YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 2020-04-05.[dead YouTube link]
  14. ^ "Love Hope Faith by Colt Ford on iTunes". Apple Inc. 5 May 2017. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
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  16. ^ "2011 ACM Awards Nominees". The Boot. Retrieved February 24, 2011.