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      February 21, 2019

      Thursday   8:00 PM

      10110 Technology Boulevard East
      Dallas, Texas 75220

      Colt Ford

      with Carter Winter, Flatline Road
      You can kill the lights and the amplifiers/But dreams dont care if youre tired, No RestWith his sixth studio album, the aptly named Love Hope Faith, his follow-up to 2014s Thanks for Listening, Colt Ford continues to live out his boyhood dream the one where you wake up on a mission/to buy that beat-up Gibson, as he sings on No Rest. Love Hope Faith is exactly that, a message to to his loyal fan base, and a strike against the divisiveness plaguing our country, celebrating the things that bring us together friends, family, our faith in a better future.Featuring such guests as Music City stalwarts Brad Paisley (Lookin for a Hand Out), Toby Keith (Time Flies), Lady Antebellums Charles Kelley and brother Josh (Young Americans) and veteran rockers Lit (Im Mud); promising newcomers like Waterloo Revivals Cody Cooper and George Birge (Dynamite), Tyler Farr (My Truck), Taylor Ray Holbrook (Reload), Javier Colon (No Rest) and Granger Smith (Keepin It Real), Love Hope Faith is the ultimate populist country record, featuring a little something for everyone.Im just trying to bring people together, says the Georgia native, a one-time golf pro who still frequents the links and the co-founder/owner of his own Average Joes Entertainment. Theres so much conflict out there, its hard to decide whos right and whos wrong.And while he admits to a populist fan base and down-to-earth, Keepin It Real attitude, Colt cautions, Im not a politician. Im a musician, a performer. We have to get past our differences and find a common ground.And what better way to do that with Colt Fords groundbreaking hybrid of country, blues, rock and rap rhythms, who has built up a following that started with mud trucker events and graduated to arena status sharing the stage with the likes of golfing buddy Toby Keith.From the statement of beliefs in Reload (We can agree to disagree. That doesnt make you a bad person, Im just telling you what I think. If you pet that dog, you might get bit) and the adolescent dreams of trying to live big in a small town in Young Americans, singing Free Bird and Free Falllin to the country/EDM mash-up of Dirt Road Disco (Can there be a more fun song than that?) and the ode to the joys of running your fingers in the wind of an open car window (Lookin For a Handout) or one more shot of Baccardi in Time Flies, Colt Ford breaks boundaries and mends fences along the way.I feel more confident than ever as an artist, says Ford, and while he numbers some of the most important supporters in Music City, his lack of country radio acceptance and award show accolades continues to drive him. Ive given it my best shot. Some of that outsider thing is tongue-in-cheek, but some of it is true. Im unbelievably accepted by artists and songwriters. Theres no one I cant work with. They know Im real. Ive built those relationships over time, and I feel Ive created a body of work.Love Hope Faith was created with some of the leading songwriters in music today, Jeff Hyde (Lookin for a Hand Out) and Jeffrey Steele, Jeremy Popoff, Shane Minor, Vicky McGehee (Bad Day Feat. Rizzi Myers), to Jaren Johnston, Neil Mason and Jesse Frasure (Dirt Road Disco) to Walker Hayes and Thomas Archer (No Rest), Eric Dodd & Alex Hall (Dynamite) and Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins, David Lee Murphy (Keepin' It Real Feat. Granger Smith). Still, it is the sturdy persona of Colt Ford that gives them their consistency.There are a lot of different styles on this album, but I think my fans will hear its just me, he says. As long as I remain true to myself, I can delve into all of them.Songs like the rock/hip-hop Dynamite reference the Scorpions (rock like a hurricane), Marvin Gaye (lets get it on), Michael Jackson (Billie Jean on the radio) and Jay Z, while the first single, 4 Lane Gone, sports a full-blown rock intro before settling into a lament for a lost romance in which the individuals are on their separate paths. My Truck is a hilarious can you top this playground rank-out session, while the anthemic Im Mud is just that, a self-deprecating, but in-your-face song from the perspective of the dirt below (Ive been played on, spit at, kicked until I turned to dust). Keepin It Real is just that Colt on staying the distance, headlights on the highway/just keep going Beer is cold and life is good.No Rest probably sums up Colts ambitions on Love Hope Faith, his tribute to being a working musician, what he calls my version of My Way.Im proud of that song, he says. I think its one of the best Ive ever done. Its not just about being a rock star, but accomplishing your dreams, a passion that cant be stopped. Anyone who has that drive will appreciate it. Everybodys got fears, but when you hear that song, its me.I built walls and Ill be here when theyre gone, he says, taking the role of Im Mud, but you know he might as well be talking about himself.Love Hope Faith is Colt Fords musical message, one so universal it tears down those walls, then invites everyone into the tent.

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