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It's a helluva life for Ballard as he gets Gold

Monday, May 12, 2014 – Frankie Ballard garnered his first Gold record for "Helluva Life," which was certified by the RIAA for sales exceeding 500,000.

The singer-guitarist's follow-up single, “Sunshine & Whiskey," is in the top 40 on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart in four weeks, marking his fastest rising single to date.

Both songs are on Ballard’s album "Sunshine & Whiskey" CD. Produced by Marshall Altman (Mark Broussard), the project is a blend of blues-infused, country rock.

The Battle Creek, Mich. native is playing headline shows nationwide and will join Jake Owen's Days of Gold Tour for select dates this summer.

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EI Rio CD review - EI Rio
The rough-edged, soulful vocalist Frankie Ballard certainly receives some high-powered songwriting help on "El Rio." Chris Stapleton, considered country music's savior by some, contributes to a couple of songs, and hit makers Chris Janson and Kip Moore also each have co-writing credits on the release. Perhaps most telling inclusion of all, however, is Ballard's cover of Bob Seger's love song, "You'll Accomp'ny Me." Much like Seger before him, Ballard »»»
Sunshine and Whiskey CD review - Sunshine and Whiskey
Upon first glance at the track list of Frankie Ballard's sophomore release, "Sunshine and Whiskey" you might think you're in for 40 minutes of upbeat party anthems. Nearly half the songs have unsubtle titles like "Drinky Drink," "Sober Me Up" and the standard, "Don't tell Mama I Was Drinking." But behind some of the clichéd titles are deeper themes including introspection, death and regret. "It Don't Take Much" is autobiographical. »»»
Frankie Ballard CD review - Frankie Ballard
As country music's latest "triple threat" (singer/songwriter/guitarist), Michigan native Frankie Ballard puts a blues/soul spin on his country music, and that resulted in a video hit with Tell Me You Get Lonely. While his major-label debut EP does play to his strengths on some songs, all too often he ends up getting lost in the already-crowded batch of new wannabe country stars. A good example of the best and worst of the album are in Ballard's two singles to date. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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