coltfordColt Ford finally found what it took to break into the big time — honesty. The songwriter and performer fuses country licks with a more hip hop style of lyrics on his albums. He’ll be opening for Ronnie Dunn at the Midland County Fair on Monday, Aug. 15. His albums, including the recent “Every Chance I Get” are a result of this strategy. “I went in trying to be as honest as I can be and what’s what came out,” he said. “I know my limitations as a singer. I knew there were certain things I could do and certain things I couldn’t do. “I just went in there to make the best effort and the best songs.” He’s also had success as a writer for other artists, including Jason Aldean’s No. 1 hit “Dirt Road Anthem.”

Growing up, Ford played music and loved music, both country and hip hop. “I grew up listening to lots of country and I grew up listening to Run DMC,” Ford said. But it was more than listening, he’d step up when needed in school during freestyle battles. “I was the only white kid in my school that could just tear down anybody,” he said. Now, he’s not freestyling, but his lyrics flow from his personal life. He sings about a range of things from hanging out in the country to his daughter growing up — his own life experiences.

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