Colt Ford on Career Highlights & His New ‘Classics’ Compilation:
“I Fought the Idea for A While”
In his office at Average Joe’s Entertainment south of Nashville, Colt Ford smiles when the subject of greatest-hits albums by country artists comes up. The iconic albums from acts like Kenny Rogers, Alabama and Hank Williams, Jr. all struck a chord with the Georgia native, but Ford himself was a little reluctant to issue one of his own.
However, next Friday will change that. The singer-songwriter releases Answer to No One: The Colt Ford Classics. Ford has had four albums hit the top five of the Country Albums chart, including 2012’s Declaration of Independence, which topped the chart. But radio success didn’t always come easy to Ford — at least as a performer. Despite having written such chart-toppers as “Dirt Road Anthem” (Jason Aldean) and “Country Must Be Country Wide” (Brantley Gilbert), Ford has only placed a pair of singles in the top 40 of the country charts, with 2013’s “The High Life,” a collaboration with Chase Rice, being his biggest hit, peaking at No. 38 on Hot Country Songs.
However, there’s no doubting his fanbase will quickly pick up the collection — just as they always have. In a recent interview with Billboard, Ford talked about some of his career highlights.
Eric Church was partly responsible for him changing his mind about the “best of” collection.
“Honestly, I didn’t want to do it. I don’t try to think I’m something that I’m not. I am blessed to play music for a living, and I’m humbled by that. I thought, ‘How can a guy who has never had a song in the top 30 have a greatest-hits record?’ It didn’t make any sense to me. I fought the idea for a while, but I remember something that Eric Church said to me: ‘The numbers say you’ve had a bunch of hit songs based on the sales and the number of downloads. It just doesn’t show up on the singles chart.’ Believe me, I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t want to be on that chart. I do. I feel like I’ve earned the right to be on that chart. I’d love to get that moment to thank those fans and every single person that has believed in me. They stuck their neck out because I was different, and they told people about me. That’s why I would like to win one, as well as for my family.”