Colt Ford Health Update: Singer Shows ‘Significant Progress’ But Remains In ICU

The Georgia native has been forced to cancel or reschedule all concerts through the end of August.


Lauren Jo Black

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April 16, 2024


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Colt Ford; Photo by Julian Mendoza

After suffering a heart attack after a concert earlier this month, country rapper Colt Ford remains in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in a hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona.  

The Georgia native’s team recently shared an update on his health, revealing that he has made “significant progress” in his recovery and that his condition is slowly but steadily improving. 

Due to his condition, all of his upcoming concerts scheduled through August 30 have been canceled. According to a release, refunds will be available at the point of purchase for canceled dates, and previously purchased tickets will be honored for any rescheduled dates. 

Colt Ford; Photo by Goldy
Colt Ford; Photo by Goldy

As the 53-year-old continues to heal, his family requests privacy and thanks fans for the outpouring of support in light of his heart attack. 

The following Colt Ford concerts have been canceled or rescheduled: 

4/18 – Woodford, Va. @ The Groove Music Hall
4/19 – Ashland, Ky. @ Rock The Country
4/20 – Valdosta, Ga. @ Wild Adventures Live!
4/27 – Saint Michael, N.D. @ Spirit Lake Casino
5/10 – Conroe, Texas @ Big As Texas Fest
5/11 – Rome, Ga. @ Rock The Country
5/14 – Murrells Inlet, S.C. @ Suck Bang Blow
5/16 – Hurricane Mills, Tenn. @ Tennessee Motorcycles & Music Revival
5/17 – Lorain, Ohio @ Lorain Palace Theater (rescheduled to 9/27)
5/18 – Franklin, Ohio @ JD Legends
5/25 – Placida, Fla. @ Boca H2O Fest
5/31 – Roxboro, N.C. @ Bullpen Backyard (rescheduled to 9/20)
6/1 – Farmington, Pa. @ Timber Rock Amphitheater
6/6 – Myrtle Beach, S.C. @ Carolina Country Music Fest
6/7 – Elizabethtown, N.C. @ Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery (rescheduled to 10/11)
6/8 – Reddick, Fla. @ Rock The Country
6/12 – Marion, Mich. @ Marion Fair
6/15 – Shelbyville, Ky. @ Jeptha Creed Distillery
6/20 – Wildwood, N.J. @ Barefoot Country Music Fest
6/28 – Columbus, Ohio @ Buckeye Motorcycle and Music Rally
6/29 – Poplar Bluff, Mo. @ Rock The Country
7/11 – Knoxville, Ill. @ Knox County Fair
7/12 – Princeton, Ind. @ Gibson County Fairgrounds
7/13 – Fort Loramie, Ohio @ Country Concert 2024
7/27 – Anderson Village, S.C. @ Rock The Country
7/31 – Virginia Beach, Va. @ Oceanfront Concert Series
8/2 – Black Mountain, N.C. @ Silverados
8/3 – LaGrange, Ga. @ Sweetland Amphitheatre (rescheduled to 9/14)
8/9 – Roseburg, Ore. @ Douglas County Fair
8/23 – Stroudsburg, Pa. @ Sherman Theater
8/24 – Lyndon, Vt. @ Caledonia County Fair

Colt Ford; Photo by Julian Mendoza
Colt Ford; Photo by Julian Mendoza

Colt Ford suffered a heart attack on Thursday, April 24 following a concert at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row in Gilbert, Arizona. He was transferred to a hospital and treated in the ICU where he remains to this day. 

Hailing from Athens, Georgia, Colt Ford is a multi-platinum singer/songwriter who is best known for the original recording of Jason Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem.” Ford co-wrote the platinum-selling hit with Brantley Gilbert.  

The Georgia native has suffered several health issues in recent years, including eye cancer and Myasthenia Gravis, an autoimmune disease.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.