Ballard streams tonight
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
– Frankie Ballard will be the second featured artist on Warner Music Nashville's new monthly interactive live concert stream, "Live from Music Square," via StageIt tonight at 8 p.m. eastern.
The live concert will be broadcast from Studio B on Music Row in Nashville. The stream can be accessed at www.livefrommusicsquare.com.
Ballard, a Battle Creek, Mich. native, put out one CD on Warner combining rock and country.
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