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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Colt Ford

Rick Coates - August 8th, 2011
The Rap on Colt Ford
By Rick Coates
Real country musicians have an edge and attitude. Just ask Colt Ford, the
Georgia-based former professional golfer turned country singer. Of course,
Ford has to have an attitude since his way doesn’t fit the corporate
profile Nashville looks for in today’s country superstars.
“Yeah you could say I am on the outside looking,” said Ford. “Country
music today is still using that big corporate model that was developed in
the ’80s where they tell you how to look, sound and what to do. There are
very few independent country artists that have much success. It is a very
corporate world with a few people making all the decisions.”
Ford is frustrated trying to find his place.
“I don’t want to be on the outside looking in but they (Nashville) have
left me no choice,” said Ford. “Now the Internet with YouTube, Facebook,
Twitter etc. has allowed a person like me to even exist. I have not been
able to have much radio airplay and that is frustrating when you look at
the fact that I have over two million downloads and 800,000 CDs sold
without ever having a song in the top 50. What I am doing goes against all
their rules in Nashville.”

LEGIONS OF FANS
Despite lack of radio support and full embrace from Nashville, Colt Ford
has built up legions of fans. Those fans will gather this Sunday (August
14) at the Southside Hideout in Buckley (at their outdoor festival
grounds) for a show that will feature seven acts including the newly
formed Kenny Olson Cartel with Paris Delane, Detroit country-rap crooner
JoCaine, and Northern Express Readers Choice Best New Band 12 Year
Reunion.
The challenge Ford has met has come as a result of being labeled a
“country rapper.” A title he does not like or feel is deserved.
“I don’t get the typecast. What I am doing has been a part of country
music going way back to Hank Sr. I didn’t create something new talking and
recitation records have been a part of country music since its inception
and certainly putting words together that rhyme has been a part of all
music forever,” said Ford. “All this started way before Colt Ford came
along, Bill Anderson never sang nothing, Big John, Johnny Cash, Jerry Reed
and Charlie Daniels all those guys if you listen closely to their stuff it
ain’t no different then what I am doing.”
But the “country-rap” moniker has followed the 300-pound singer and former
professional golfer since he traded his golf spikes and driver for cowboy
boots and a microphone.
“It is funny because I get called a country rapper because a lot of radio
won’t play me. It makes a lot of people throw up a red flag immediately
and not want to give my songs a fair listen. So if someone listens to my
music and says it’s not country then we have totally different definitions
of country music,” said Ford. “What I don’t get is I will go into a town
and sell a few thousand advance tickets and the local radio stations still
won’t play my stuff, have me on the air, and in some cases they won’t play
commercials promoting the show. I just don’t get it.”

LACKING PERSONALITY
Ford points to radio being corporate and air personalities lacking
“personality, creativity and the ability to think for themselves.
“The way I see it a lot of these people in radio today won’t have a job in
five years; they lack creativity, they are not introducing people to new
music, they are not finding out what is going on in their community, they
are just robots talking into a microphone,” said Ford. “So when they are
out of a job I will still have people coming to see me play because I have
fans that I have been loyal to them and they have been loyal to me. I am
not going to change who I am to fit their corporate expectations, I am
going to be who I am and most people want that real genuine artist and
they seem to be finding me without radio.”
That image started out first as a professional golfer.
“That was 100 pounds ago. I was athletic in high school and had college
scholarships for golf and baseball and I chose golf figuring I could make
a living at it. But I also grew up playing music,” said Ford. “I was
trying to do both golf and music at the same time and it was hard to do
both because with music I was going to bed about the time I would have to
get up for golf. They are totally different lifestyles.”
After finishing at the University of Georgia, Ford pursued a professional
career on the Nationwide Tour and giving lessons when he was not touring.
He was also half-heartedly keeping one foot in a music career.
“My wife finally told me I needed to pick one or the other, that I was
essentially doing both half ass,” said Ford. “So I decided to change to
music to see if that might work better for me.”
Ford had one problem: Jason Farris Brown.
“Yeah that was my birth name and my wife was saying I couldn’t become a
country singer using that name,” said Ford. “She said ‘you need to have
something cooler,’ and then she just spit out ‘like Colt Ford.’ It was the
coolest name I had ever heard.”
Colt Ford shrugs off the naysayers and just chuckles.
“Now anyone who knows me knows that Colt Ford is exactly who I am. I am
more comfortable in my skin now than I was ever before,” said Ford. “For
me it is all about the music, in the end I believe the music will win out,
put whatever labels you want on me but my fans know I am country music all
the way.”

Colt Ford will perform his hits “Cold Beer,” “Chicken & Biscuits,” and
“Country Thang,” Sunday August 14 at the Southside Hideout in Buckley.
Info and tickets: www.zunitickets.com or call Southside Hideout at
231-269-3738.
 
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