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Colt Ford
with Special Guests: Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys

Saturday, June 29th, 2013
Kearney Amphitheater
Sponsored by La Fuente Mexican Restaurants & Big V Country Mart

Price: $30.00 at the Gate Day of Event

Colt Ford

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, in fact.

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 effort.

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 their playlists.

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 Grizzly Boys

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!

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