There are some combinations that have always gone together. Black and white. Peanut butter and jelly. Country and rap.
Despite the fact that artists like Kid Rock and Bubba Sparxxx have been around for years, rapping about tractors and down home cookin' is still a novel idea for many. For a lot of listeners, Colt Ford's No. 1 charting album, "Declaration of Independence" has heralded the arrival of country rap on the main stage.
"That's extremely humbling to me when you know about all the incredible talent that's out there. I'm just trying to make my music the best that I can, and to have that record debut at No. 1 in three different countries was unbelievable," Colt Ford said.
Soon, fans and skeptics alike will be able to see Ford firsthand when he performs at the Texas Club this Friday, June 21.
Though Ford had been involved with music all his life, he first found success as a PGA golfer. It wasn't until the mid-2000s that his songwriting career started to put him into the spotlight as a performer in his own right.
"My wife didn't care which one I did, but she said I had to pick one or the other because you've got to make a living. So, I chose golf for a while because I could pay the bills. A lot of times with music, there's a lot of luck involved. At the time, I just had to provide for my family. Then I decided to give it one more shot."
He may be rapping instead of singing most of the time, but Ford's songs are country through and through. His particular sound, which takes many first-time listeners by surprise, just feels natural to him.
"At the end of the day, I consider myself a country music artist. I don't call myself a country rapper. I didn't set out to change the game. For me, I feel like talking on a record has been around in country music before I was even born."
After the sizable success of his latest album, one might be tempted to think that Ford has stumbled across a winning formula. However, he refuses to just repeat himself in the name of bigger sales.
"You want songs to have a different feel and to branch out. When somebody tells me, 'Man, I got twelve songs on this record, they can all be singles,' that sounds like a boring record to me. You didn't take any chances. That's not what being an artist is supposed to be."
Ford believes that Friday's performance will be his fourth or fifth appearance at the Texas Club, and he's looking forward to it.
"I've played everything from backyards to the back of flatbed trucks and everything else," Ford said. "Texas Club is one of the places you'll always try to figure out a way to come play at because it's a great venue and the club owners are great people. It's one of the places I'll always try to play no matter how successful I get."
Ford's enthusiasm for the Texas Club is only the icing on the cake when it comes to his energetic live show.
"My show is very, very intense," he said. "From the time we start to the time we finish, it's unbelievably high energy. I've got one of the best live bands you'll ever see. For me, live music is where it's at. I don't believe in just standing there and playing the songs. I think you get up there and you give it everything you've got."
Ford knows that some may still be skeptical of a country rapper, and he feels that the best way to understand his music is to come out and experience it for yourself.
"If you come to my show and you don't know anything I do, I still think you can have a good time," Ford said. "That's my goal."
Colt Ford will take the Texas Club stage on Friday, June 21 at 9 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. For more information about the artist, go to http://www.coltford.com/
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