Colt Ford's Debut Album (2008)
Another Georgia native, and a former pro golfer, Colt Ford had musical history with Shannon Houchins and Jermaine Dupri. Ride Through the Country was Ford's first album under his stage name, and no doubt the first and only project to bring together Dupri, Atlanta-based rapper Bone Crusher, Jamey Johnson and Nineties honky-tonk balladeer John Michael Montgomery. Ford represented a new breed of artist — a country rapper dedicated to pursuing a rural audience outside the traditional channels, with a genuine hip-hop background and a strong identification with rhythmic country recitations of the past (signaled by his cover of C.W. McCall's Seventies talking-trucker anthem "Convoy"). Ford was quickly invited to guest on remixes of Montgomery Gentry and Joe Nichols songs, and has since shown up on tracks by Chase Rice, Jerrod Niemann, Tyler Farr and a slew of artists on his label.