1779859-colt-ford-617-409 Colt Ford is optimistic that 2012 will be a great year, but he’s quick to admit that 2011 wasn’t so bad either.

“Obviously, 2011 was a huge year for me as a songwriter, having two number ones, including arguably the biggest song of the year,” he says of his hand in co-writing “Dirt Road Anthem” for Jason Aldean and “Country Must Be Country Wide” by Brantley Gilbert. “It’s been unbelievable. I’m just trying to do my thing.”

Ford, whose new disc “Declaration of Independence” comes out May 1, shared with Billboard the story of how “Dirt Road Anthem” came to be.

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