Saturday, June 29th, 2013
with Special Guests: Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys
Sponsored by La Fuente Mexican Restaurants & Big V Country Mart
Price: $30.00 at the Gate Day of Event
Colt Ford is back with his best album ever and all it took
was a return to his roots.
"I went backwards," Colt says. "I went back to Ride Through The Country." Which
is not to say Colt simply re-hashed his breakthrough album. Quite the contrary,
Declaration of Independence, released on Colt's own Average Joes
Entertainment, will no doubt go down as one of the most noteworthy releases this
year, which is saying a lot for a man who has already sold nearly a million
albums and 3 million downloads. From planting his patriotic flag on the album's
first track, "Answer to No One, "and closing the album with a prayer
on the poetic, honest, and heartfelt "Angels and Demons," which
features a conversation with God, the Athens, Georgia native has covered every
human emotion on this record and then some.
Longtime collaborator Shannon "Fat Shan"
Houchins handles production duties on the album; all-star producer Dann Huff
(Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts) also adds his skills to Colt's groundbreaking
In all, Colt wrote or co-wrote 14 of the album's 15 tracks. "This album is very
real and honest and by far the best record I've ever made," Colt says with
pride. "The last two records-I stand up and cheer for them-but I tried to make
a lot of people happy on the last two records and I took the edge off of it. On
this record I put the edge back on there."
The former professional golfer and collaborator with Jermaine Dupri is used to
adversity, taking country music by storm at a time when Nashville labels deemed
him "not pretty enough" and country radio sees him as too distinct to add to
The fact is Colt Ford is hard to categorize is exactly why he's been
successful. His fans appreciate his diverse musical talents by the boatloads,
as a visit to one of his shows will prove.
Gunnar & The
There is no experience as true to homegrown American country music as a
Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys show. Their electrifying sound hits you
like your favorite shot; the words shine through like your best friend
recalling a favorite memory. The sheer energy brought by the Grizzlies
live explodes into the audience like a dose of adrenalin.
Gunnar Nybald, who still farms the family apple and plum orchards he's been
working all his life, writes the band's songs from the seat of a tractor. His
songwriting partner, Joe Rood, has been a friend since high school in Kent
City, MI, where they were co-captains of the football team.
While attending Michigan State University
in the agricultural program, Gunnar and hometown pal Rob Mason (bass, harmony
vocals) teamed up with guitar slinger Shane Grehan (Alpena,
MI), drummer Joe Connolly (Rochester
Hills, MI) and keyboard/guitarist
Chris Newberg (Rockford, MI) and formed the band with Rood.
The group played their first show as an opening act to a sold out Justin
Moore crowd. Since then they've won WBCT B93's Honky Tonk Heroes battle of the
bands contest, distinguishing them as the top new country band in Grand Rapids, and WYCD's
Detroit Hoedown. They've gone on to open for Colt Ford, Brantley Gilbert, Lady
Antebellum, Kip Moore, David Allen Coe and others.
Staying true to their country roots, on July 23, 2010 Gunnar & The
Grizzly Boys released their 12-song debut independent album. Last year they
released a 5-song ep Country My Whole Life. GGB just recorded "Could Be Me" in Nashville with producer
Ken Coomer (Will Hoge), former drummer of Uncle Tupelo and Wilco, and
rerecorded "Sweet Tea" and "Guns". Combining country and rock, Gunnar & the
Grizzly Boys provide a dose of Michigan
country built on good times and wanderlust. They transform from an outlaw
telling the tale of his horseback journey across America to a genuine patriot giving
thanks to our troops. These six young men may be finding their way in the
world, but they have truly mastered the formula of simply entertaining their
fans in a way that they let loose and dirty up their boots!