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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Country music pioneer Colt Ford returns with the announcement of his forthcoming full-length studio album, Must Be The Country, due out on May 19th via Average Joes Entertainment. The 24-track collection features previously released hits as well as brand new singles with features from Tracy Lawrence, Brantley Gilbert, Sam Grow, Tracy Byrd, and more. In conjunction with the announcement of the project, Ford shares a taste of the album with the title track featuring country star Dillon Carmichael. “Must Be The Country” is now available on all major digital platforms!

The album, which is Ford’s first full length project in three years, took shape while battling eye cancer and recovering from an intensive surgery to remove the tumor. Following his successful fight against cancer, Ford has been diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, an autoimmune disorder that destroys neuromuscular connections and affects the muscles in the face. Despite his recent struggle with personal health, Ford has exhibited his enduring human spirit and continues to tour the nation as well as write and record new projects slated for release later this year.

Must Be The Country Tracklist (songwriters in parentheses) 1. “Must Be The Country” feat. Dillon Carmichael (Michael Ray Carter, Cole Taylor, Chase McGill) 2. “Paint The Town Redneck” (Colt Ford, Cole Taylor) 3. “Raised ‘Round Here” feat. Brantley Gilbert (Brock Berryhill, Brantley Gilbert, Josh Phillips) 4. “Nights In Trucks” feat. Noah Gordon (Jaren Ray Johnston, Neil D. Mason, Jonathan David Singleton) 5. “Busted” (Connie Rae Harrington, John Thomas Osborne, Thomas John Osborne) 6. “Running This Country” feat. Tracy Byrd & Tracy Lawrence (Brandon Calvin Good, William Michael Morgan, Jeffrey Steele) 7. “Carhartt Kids” (Josh Phillips, Heath Sanders) 8. “Brooks & Dunn” (Noah Gordon, Colt Ford) 9. “Break Out The Rowdy” (Ira Dean, Jamie Owen Grooms) 10. “Boys Will Be Boys” feat. Tim Montana (Colt Ford, Taylor Phillips, Brock Berryhill, Jay Brunswick) 11. “Don't Forget Where You Came From” feat. Sam Grow (Jaren Johnston, Ross Copperman, Nicolle Galyon) 12. “Want One“ (Ira Dean, Robert W. Terry, Chris Allen Wallin) 13. “My Girlfriend’s Got A Girlfriend” (Ira Dean, Eddie Montgomery, Kim Tribble) 14. “Something I Can Get Behind” (Michael Wilson Hardy, Michael Joseph Reaves, Jake Mitchell) 15. “Cooter Huntin’” (Timothy A. Smith, Julian Collin Bunetta) 16. “When Country Comes Back” (Monty Criswell, Derek George, Taylor Phillips) 17. “Hood” feat. Kevin Gates & Jermaine Dupri (Michael Hardy, Jordan Schmidt, Brad Tursi, Kevin Gates) 18. “Keys To The Country” feat. RVSHVD, Vince Gill & Dan Tyminski (Colt Ford, Taylor Phllips, Josh Mirenda) 19. “If I Don’t Know Better” feat. Meghan Patrick (Taylor Phillips, Tebey Ottoh, Adam Doleac, Jeremy Bussey) 20. “Bad Beer” feat. Matt Stell (Taylor Phillips, Jay Brunswick, James Greylan, Jody Scott Stevens) 21. “My Town” feat. Josh Mirenda (Brock Berryhill, George Birge, Tommy Cecil, Evan Coffman, Cody Cooper) 22. “Country As Truck” (Derek George, Monty Criswell, Ricky Young, Taylor Phillips) 23. “Slow Ride” (GVTSBY Remix) (Colt Ford, Taylor Phillips, Josh Mirenda, Jared Sciullo, Justin David Bertoldie) 24. “In The End” feat. Josh Mirenda (Chester Bennington, Robert Bourdon, Brad Delson, Joseph Hahn, Mike Shinoda) Along with the announcement of the album, Ford is launching his next North American tour with over 30 shows across the United States. The Must Be The Country Tour will include stops in Nashville, Flagstaff, Virginia Beach, Chico, and more with additional dates to be announced. For tickets and more information, visit HERE.

Must Be The Country Tour Dates: 4/15 - Winnsboro, S.C. @ Carolina Adventure World 4/20 - Minneapolis, Minn. @ Varsity Theater 4/21 - Aurora, Ill. @ The Piazza 4/22 - Nashville, Tenn. @ Skydeck w/ Neon Union & Josh Mirenda 4/28 - Fernandina Beach, Fla. @ Sadler Ranch 4/29 - Brooksville, Fla. @ Brooksville Blueberry Festival 2023 5/6 - Wetumpka, Ala. @ Alabama's Little Bit Of Texas 5/13 - Fort Pierce, Fla. @ Redneck Uprising on The Water 5/16 - Murrells Inlet, S.C. @ Suck Bang Blow 5/19 - Winchester, Calif. @ Temecula Valley Balloon 5/20 - Sparks, Nev. @ The Ranch House 5/21 - Flagstaff, Ariz. @ Orpheum Theater 5/26 - Branford, Fla. @ Ellie Ray’s RV Resort 6/2 - Menahga, Minn. @ Mid Summer Music Fest Gone Country 2023 6/9 - Brookville, Ind. @ Country Krazy Festival 6/10 - Goldsboro, N.C. @ Busco Beach and ATV Park 6/16 - Cherokee, N.C. @ Harrah’s Cherokee Casino 6/17 - Rush, Ky. @ Rush and Rowdy 2023 6/23 - Johnstown, Pa. @ Thunder In The Valley 6/29 - Great Falls, Mont. @ The Newberry 6/30 - Idaho Falls, Idaho @ The Gem 7/1 - Post Falls, Idaho @ Stateline Speedway 7/3 - Ellensburg, Wash. @ Kittitas Valley Event Center 7/6 - McHenry, Ill @ Vixen Theater 7/8 - Ankeny, Iowa @ Ankeny Summer Fest 7/13 - Virginia Beach, Va. @ New Realm Brewing Company 7/14 - Roanoke, Va. @ Dr. Pepper Park at the Bridges 7/15 - Midlothian, Va. @ SERVPRO of Chesterfield 7/21 - Chickasha, Okla. @ Legends Pub House & Venue 7/22 - Oskaloosa, Iowa @ Southern Iowa Fair & Exposition 7/29 - Maryville, Tenn. @ The Shed 8/1 - Springfield, Mo. @ Ozark Empire Fairgrounds 8/3 - Fayetteville, Ark. @ JJ's Live 8/4 - Neligh, Neb. @ Antelope County Fair Board 8/9 - Grand Pass, Ore. @ Josephine County Fairgrounds 8/10 - Bend, Ore. @ Midtown Ballroom 8/11 - Chico, Calif. @ Tackle Box Bar & Grill 9/9 - Puyallup, Wash. @ Washington State Fair 9/22 - New Haven, Ky. @ The Amp at Dant Crossing 9/23 - Garnett, Kan. @ Anderson County Corn Festival For more information on Colt Ford, visit his website and follow his social media channels linked below.

About Colt Ford: By 2019, Colt built a series of staggering successes as he rose to mainstream notoriety. He notched five consecutive Top 10 debuts on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart with Declaration of Independence bowing at #1 in 2012. Two years later, Thanks for Listening ascended to the Top 10 of the Top 200, with the album reaching #1 on BillboardRap & Independent charts. Meanwhile, he lobbed six songs onto the Hot Country Songs Chart with “Back” [feat. Jake Owen] going Top 40. Among many accolades, Ford received a nomination in the category of “Vocal Event of the Year” at the Academy of Country Music Awards for “Cold Beer” with Jamey Johnson. Ford’s upcoming full-length album, Must Be The Country, includes 24 tracks with features from Dillon Carmichael, Brantley Gilbert, Matt Stell, Kevin Gates, Tracy Lawrence, Josh Mirenda, Tracy Byrd, and more. The project is slated for release on May 19th, 2023 via Average Joes Entertainment.


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