I don’t think I heard of Frankie Ballard before the song “Tell Me You Get Lonely” hit local radio. I liked the song a lot, and it got a lot of play on radio stations in this part of the country. But I’ve never really written much about Frankie – I think it’s time.
Back around Valentine’s Day, you might remember I put up a little article, with a quote by Frankie –"I don’t care much for Valentine’s Day… can I just make a donation to Hallmark or something? Does that get me off the hook?" Loved that quote enough to share it with you…. and I have since realized that I love Frankie’s music enough that I should have said more about him long before now.
“Tell Me You Get Lonely” didn’t climb as quickly, or as far up the country charts as I thought it would. For a debut single, I think it was right up there with Easton Corbin’s catchy debut hit “A Little More Country.” I’m hoping Frankie’s new single will prove to be more of a success for him. I think “A Buncha Girls” is a good song – very catchy, very likeable. And most people I’ve talked to about it seem to agree.
Frankie is heading out on tour with Taylor Swift, and has a lot of dates up on the schedule on his web site. He is one of the artists I haven’t had a chance to see in concert yet, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to catch him on stage sometime soon. (Possibly in August at our Appalachian Fair in Gray, Tenn., but I’ll let you know more about that as soon as I know for sure).
Opening for a country super star really isn’t totally new for Frankie. As the 2008 winner of Kenny Chesney’s “Next Big Star” competition, Frankie had an opportunity to open for Kenny on a few occasions in Michigan.
Time to start my Monday. Hope you all have a great Monday. Remember to send me an e-mail when you get a chance! Love hearing form you all!