Country-rap pioneer Colt Ford has a message for a divided nation with his next single, “We the People,” and it basically boils down to this: “Times are tough. Come blow off some steam.”
Set for its official release tomorrow (May 10th), “We the People” premieres exclusively on Sounds Like Nashville today and marks the first taste of an upcoming album – Ford’s first LP in two years. It was written by Corey Crowder, James McNair and Brandon Kinney with a hell raising country-rock sound and a loud-and-proud theme that lands squarely in Ford’s wheelhouse – but strange times call for drastic measures.
All twangy electric guitars, pounding drums and saw-tooth fiddles, the slow rolling chest thumper is definitely about being proud of who you are and where you come from. But despite its title, the track isn’t meant to stoke any political fires or separate people from different walks life. It’s actually an invitation for everyone – no matter where they’re coming from – to let their guard down and join the party.
“When I first heard this song, I knew it was the right song to record and release considering all the division in our country right now,” Ford explains. “’We the People’ is not a political song – it’s a song about enjoying one another, finding a way to get along, finding a way to have fun, finding a way to continue to build this country and this world into a better place. Music has a way of bringing people together and that’s what this song is all about.”
“If you need a little turn it up Friday night / A crowd with their hands and the cans up high / Wanna raise one with the raise-hell kind / We the people / We the people with the needle in the red on cruise / Out setting fire to a neon moon / Reppin’ them backroads reppin’ our roots / We the people,” goes the quick-fire chorus.
Ford has six studio albums and a longstanding reputation for edgy, all-star collaborations under his belt – the most recent being with Brantley Gilbert and Lukas Nelson on “Welcome to Hazeville.” Lately he’s been teaming with up-and-coming artists from his Average Joes Entertainment record label like Sarah Ross and Sam Grow, and his still unannounced new album is expected to come out this fall. Until then he has extensive tour schedule on the books, including Gilbert’s Kick It in the Ship Cruise November 4th-8th.