Frankie Ballard – American Country Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist

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Frankie Ballard boasts three #1 hits since 2014. These three singles, Helluva Life, Sunshine & Whiskey and Young & Crazy are all found on his first album produced by Warner Bros. Records, Sunshine & Whiskey.

Ballard is a product of Battle Creek, Michigan, a working-class town where he grew up “loving Elvis and Johnny Horton.” Sports-obsessed as a kid, he played baseball at Western Michigan University, while he gradually turned a minor interest in music into an obsession. He studied guitarists, including blues greats like Buddy Guy, and locked himself away until he could excel at the instrument. He began playing open mic nights and played drums in a band as well. By the time he was out of college, he was leading his own band, playing 200+ nights a year within a 300-mile radius, and taking once-a-month trips to Nashville to expand his networking opportunities. In the summer of 2008, Ballard won the Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star competition in Michigan and went on to open for Chesney at Michigan venues.

Frankie Ballard’s transition from Michigan-based singer/guitar slinger to major-label recording artist was, by most standards, an enviable one. His debut album, Frankie Ballard, produced two Top 30 singles, “Tell Me You Get Lonely” and “A Buncha Girls.” He gained national media exposure, appeared on the Grand Ole Opry and played packed arenas opening for Kenny Chesney and on major tours with Taylor Swift and longtime idol Bob Seger.

But for Ballard, a music junkie with a restless spirit, there was still too big a gap between that first taste of success and the dreams he’d nurtured working 230 nights a year in crowded clubs back home. Call it a working man’s sense of mission, call it a gut check, but Ballard took time out to step back and to reassess where he’d come from and where he was going.

He connected with Marshall Altman who helped him make the music he felt was deep inside him. The first sign of magic from that collaboration is the single “Helluva Life.” It’s perfect summer uplift, a song about the magic inherent in small moments that can bring joy and perspective to modern lives with more than their share of challenges and big questions.

He is presently at work on his second album, and just released the single “It All Started with a Beer” in November.

“My bread and butter is playing live,” he says. “The band and I really hammer the road and I don’t want to slow down. We keep it lean and mean out there and give everything we’ve got to put on a heck of a show. On stage, it’s all about connection. I’ve always been a firm believer if people just wanted to listen to music they could easily do it from the comfort of their home or their vehicle, but when they come out they want to see something. They want to experience something. They want to be part of something. That’s why I go to shows. And the best is when the connection comes through one of your songs. To watch someone sing your song back at the top of their lungs because they’ve been through the same thing, well, that means as much to a performer as it does to a fan, and that’s what keeps me going.” That connection is still at the heart of what he does.

 

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