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COLT FORD BECOMES FIRST COUNTRY MUSIC STAR WITH OWN MOONSHINE AND VODKA
Ford teams up with Georgia Distilling Company and United Distributors to launch Goodtime Moonshine and Goodtime Vodka
Nashville, Tenn. (Tuesday, October 18, 2011) — Buddy Lee Attraction’s (BLA) Scott Stuttard, Executive Sponsorship Director, is pleased to announce Average Joe’s Entertainment’s country entertainer Colt Ford has officially aligned with the Georgia Distilling Company and United Distributors to produce his signature liquor line, Goodtime. Goodtime Moonshine (90 proof) and Goodtime Vodka (80 proof) will hit stores beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, October 19, 2011 with initial availability throughout retail stores in Georgia and Tennessee with expansions beginning immediately.
“I wanted to have real moonshine made by real moonshiners and that is what I got,” said Ford. “This took over a year to get the government to approve, and it is really special. I could not be more proud to be involved with the Georgia Distilling Company and United Distributors. We have some great moonshine and vodka that I will put up against any on the market. This is gonna be a fun ride, and I am gonna do everything I can to make the world have a GOODTIME!”
The Georgia-based companies, Georgia Distilling Company and United Distributors—Georgia’s largest beverage alcohol distributor—were the perfect match for Ford’s vision for the brand. Since the conception one year ago, the trio has transformed Goodtime brands from an idea to a reality.
“The Georgia Distilling Company has been honored to have the opportunity to partner with Colt Ford and United Distributing to bring the Goodtime brands into the market,” said Bill Mauldin, CEO and co-founder of the Company. “As Colt is recognized by his peers and fans as being an authentic country musician and Georgia boy, we wanted to make a product for him that was just as authentic as he is. Goodtime Moonshine is an authentic Georgia moonshine recipe, using Georgia grown grains and handcrafted in a Georgia-made moonshine still to make a product as real as he is. We have made sure that every part of this product is 100% American, because a man like Colt Ford deserves no less.”
Buddy Lee Attraction’s Scott Stuttard added, “At BLA, we focus on bringing together our artists and brands that fit each other perfectly. Colt Ford and The Georgia Distilling Company is a excellent example of this type of partnership. We can’t be more excited for Colt and his launch of Goodtime Moonshine and Goodtime Vodka.”
Ford, Stuttard, Mauldin, and David Gregory with United Distributors announced the products earlier today at a press conference at United Distributors office, just outside of Atlanta, Georgia.
For more information, please visit www.coltford.com and www.goodtimemoonshine.com.
About Colt Ford
Critics raved over Colt Ford’s 2010 release, Chicken And Biscuits, which featured collaborations with Randy Houser, James Otto, Nappy Roots, Josh Gracin, Joe Nichols, Darryl Worley and more; however his latest release, which hit stores nationwide on May 3, 2011, Every Chance I Get, is the highest-selling debut of his career and features collaborations with Tim McGraw, Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Charlie Daniels, and more. With over 19,000 units sold the first week, it also nabbed the #3 spot on the Billboard Country Albums chart. The lead single off the album is fastest-rising “Country Thang,” and latest release is a ballad about his 16-year-old daughter featuring Craig Morgan called “She Likes To Ride In Trucks.” In early 2011, Colt reached a milestone of over 2 million paid digital downloads and over 800,000 units sold with releases Ride Through The Country (2008)–which featured John Michael Montgomery and helped him earn his first ACM nomination for “Cold Beer” with Jamey Johnson as well as the CMA nomination for 2011 Song of the Year with Jason Aldean’s version of “Dirt Road Anthem”– Chicken and Biscuits (2010), Ford’s albums have been consistently ranked on the Billboard Country Album Charts. Ford will perform over 200 live shows in 2011 with previous major tours alongside Jason Aldean, Hank Williams Jr., and Larry the Cable Guy.
About Buddy Lee Attractions
Buddy Lee Attractions is the largest independently owned booking agency in Nashville. Founded in 1964, BLA has been instrumental in the signing and development of arena headliners such as Hank Williams, Jr., Willie Nelson, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Dixie Chicks and Jason Aldean. In addition to Colt Ford, BLA currently represents Jason Aldean, Billy Ray Cyrus, Mark Chesnutt, Corey Smith, Edwin McCain, Bush Hawg and many others. In 2010, BLA created a sponsorship division headed by sponsorship veteran Scott Stuttard. In December 2010, BLA acquired Metro Talent in Atlanta, GA and added Metro owner Cass Scripps to their staff. For more information, visit www.blanash.com.
About United Distributors
United Distributors was founded in 1940 and is a family owned, community focused, statewide beverage wholesaler headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. United conducts its Georgia operations through its warehouse and delivery operations located in Atlanta (Smyrna), Savannah and Albany. United Distributors prides themselves as being one of the only wholesalers in the country that represents, warehouses and distributes material volumes of all three categories of beverage alcohol (wine, spirits and beer) through a centralized location.
About the Georgia Distilling Company
Just a little over a year ago, Shawn Hall and Bill Mauldin from Jackson, Georgia came together with the goal of crafting exceptional distilled spirits. Each of them brought a unique experience and talent to the effort, and each holds a deep family heritage of making great moonshine. All of their fine spirits are made with Georgia grown products. The Georgia Distilling Company is located in Milledgeville, Georgia.