Country and rap are not exactly the musical genres one might suspect striking up a cozy alliance.
Oh, it’s been done, as shown by the fleeting popularity of such unexpected country stars as Cowboy Troy. But you could say it takes a big man to sort out the true particulars of such seemingly opposing styles before making a serious charge at the charts.
And that man is an Athens, Ga., native by the name of James Farris Brown. Fans know him as Colt Ford.
Built like a wrestler and boasting enough commercial clout to enlist stars Tim McGraw, Craig Morgan, Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Kentucky’s own Nappy Roots as collaborators on his new album, Every Chance I Get, Ford is poised to be the first lasting link between Nashville and the world of hip-hop.
“Go to any of these small country towns around Lexington or around anywhere, really, and you will see it,” said Ford, who performs Friday night at Buster’s Billiards and Backroom. “There will be these kids in their trucks wearing camos and jeans, kids who like hunting and fishing. And they’re listening to Toby Keith and Jason Aldean. But they’re listening to Lil’ Wayne and Ludacris, too.