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FRANKIE BALLARD PERFORMING ON LIVE! WITH KELLY JUNE 13

  • Jun 01, 2016
    FRANKIE BALLARD PERFORMING ON LIVE! WITH KELLY JUNE 13

    El Rio available now for preorder with upcoming appearances at CMA Music Festival and on Today

    NASHVILLE, TN (June 1, 2016) – With less than 10 days until the release of his new album El Rio, out June 10, Frankie Ballard has announced a performance on Live! with Kelly set for June 13, one of several opportunities fans will get to see the singer-songwriter in the coming weeks.

    Ballard will hold his official album release party with fans on June 9 in Nashville in conjunction with the CMA Music Festival, then will open the festival’s nightly concerts at Nissan Stadium the next night with a version of the National Anthem on his electric guitar. He’ll also appear June 14 on NBC’s Today to promote his latest LP.

    El Rio, called his “strongest musical statement yet” by Entertainment Weekly, is available for pre-order. Those who do will receive three immediate downloads of the songs included in Ballard’s El Rio Video Series: “El Camino” (video), “Cigarette” (video) and “Sweet Time” (video).

    The songs display the breadth and depth of El Rio, produced by Marshall Altman and recorded at Sonic Ranch, just south of El Paso, Texas. The three are vivid stories that represent a wide range of emotions.

    Chris Stapleton co-write “El Camino” leads off the album, a position that seemed destined.

    “It was the first song we arranged as a band and it was the first song we recorded,” Ballard said. “That’s a big deal. You have all these songs, you’ve got the arrangements. Marshall Altman, my producer, I’m looking at him and going ‘OK, man, what are we going to do first? This is important. We gotta come out with a home run,’ and we loved this song so much we just knew we were going to crush it.”

    Ballard says the rocker “Cigarette,” also a Stapleton co-write, can’t be anymore straight forward: “’Cigarette’ is straight up and down just about lust and all you gotta do is listen to it to know what I’m talking about.”

    “Sweet Time,” co-written by Ballard, is a reflection on the Michigan native’s teen years.

    “It was a crazy time for me - it’s a crazy time for any boy who’s 16 or 17,” Ballard said. “They got them a car, a decent stereo, a good haircut, and they’re trying to get something done, trying to be a man, trying to grow up so fast. That’s what I was trying to remember. I was just thinking of those nights when I didn’t have anything to do. I just wanted some party to go to. I would just cruise around on some of my first dates in my ‘91 T-Bird, my red ‘91 T-Bird. Drove that sucker for 10 years.”

    Fans can hear new music from El Rio all summer as Ballard plays select festivals and solo dates. The rising star will also make his return overseas this October with dates in England, Scotland, Germany, Holland and Ireland.

on June 1, 2016 - 12:00am

El Rio available now for preorder with upcoming appearances at CMA Music Festival and on Today

NASHVILLE, TN (June 1, 2016) – With less than 10 days until the release of his new album El Rio, out June 10, Frankie Ballard has announced a performance on Live! with Kelly set for June 13, one of several opportunities fans will get to see the singer-songwriter in the coming weeks.

Ballard will hold his official album release party with fans on June 9 in Nashville in conjunction with the CMA Music Festival, then will open the festival’s nightly concerts at Nissan Stadium the next night with a version of the National Anthem on his electric guitar. He’ll also appear June 14 on NBC’s Today to promote his latest LP.

El Rio, called his “strongest musical statement yet” by Entertainment Weekly, is available for pre-order. Those who do will receive three immediate downloads of the songs included in Ballard’s El Rio Video Series: “El Camino” (video), “Cigarette” (video) and “Sweet Time” (video).

The songs display the breadth and depth of El Rio, produced by Marshall Altman and recorded at Sonic Ranch, just south of El Paso, Texas. The three are vivid stories that represent a wide range of emotions.

Chris Stapleton co-write “El Camino” leads off the album, a position that seemed destined.

“It was the first song we arranged as a band and it was the first song we recorded,” Ballard said. “That’s a big deal. You have all these songs, you’ve got the arrangements. Marshall Altman, my producer, I’m looking at him and going ‘OK, man, what are we going to do first? This is important. We gotta come out with a home run,’ and we loved this song so much we just knew we were going to crush it.”

Ballard says the rocker “Cigarette,” also a Stapleton co-write, can’t be anymore straight forward: “’Cigarette’ is straight up and down just about lust and all you gotta do is listen to it to know what I’m talking about.”

“Sweet Time,” co-written by Ballard, is a reflection on the Michigan native’s teen years.

“It was a crazy time for me - it’s a crazy time for any boy who’s 16 or 17,” Ballard said. “They got them a car, a decent stereo, a good haircut, and they’re trying to get something done, trying to be a man, trying to grow up so fast. That’s what I was trying to remember. I was just thinking of those nights when I didn’t have anything to do. I just wanted some party to go to. I would just cruise around on some of my first dates in my ‘91 T-Bird, my red ‘91 T-Bird. Drove that sucker for 10 years.”

Fans can hear new music from El Rio all summer as Ballard plays select festivals and solo dates. The rising star will also make his return overseas this October with dates in England, Scotland, Germany, Holland and Ireland.

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