NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Lincoln County fans of music artist Colt Ford might be pleasantly surprised to see a familiar scene on the front of the country rapper's newest single, "Back."
Presented in sepia tones on the front of the single is a photo of Main Street in downtown Stanford.
The photo was taken by Britta Coleman, an employee of the Nashville-based public relations outfit Average Joes Entertainment.
Average Joes represents Colt Ford, as well as several other country artists, including Montgomery Gentry.
Coleman said Ford and Average Joes were trying to find a good photo to represent the spirit of "Back" before it came out as a single, but weren't having much luck.
"When we started looking for an old, back-in-time town for the cover … we couldn't find anything, believe it or not, unless you wanted to pay a fortune," she said.
Then Coleman, who has family roots in the Lincoln County area going back at least 200 years, remembered photos she had taken during a trip to visit her father's grave in Buffalo Springs Cemetery about two years ago.
"It was a trip where I took all the old roads," she said. "Just reminiscing and remembering my childhood. … I was kind of documenting my childhood and how things looked then and how things look now."
Coleman was driving down Main Street in Stanford toward the cemetery on a Sunday morning when she snapped the shot through her windshield. Because it was Sunday morning, the street was all but empty, with only a few cars parked on the sides.
It was exactly what Ford and Average Joes had been hoping to find.
"They ran across this picture and they said, 'it's perfect,'" Coleman said. "They loved it. Colt loved it. And they made it the cover for the single."
The song "Back" is off of Ford's latest album, "Declaration of Independence," which peaked at number one on Billboard's top country and top independent albums charts.
Coleman said she loves the photo because of the history behind it. It's that history that made it fit so nicely with the lyrics of "Back," she added.
Coleman, who was born in Danville, still visits family members in the area a couple times every year. Even though she lives in Nashville now, Lincoln County is apparently where her heart is.
"When my time comes to leave this earth, I'll probably be buried at Buffalo Springs next to my parents," she said. "When I pass away, that's where I want to be. I want to come back home."