Frankie Ballard Brings Country Music to The Bowery BallroomJanuary 11th, 2017
Frankie Ballard didn’t get his first guitar until he was 18, which is pretty surprising considering how accomplished of a guitarist he’s since become—although the country-pop singer-singer-songwriter is just as well-known for his gritty vocals as his guitar prowess. Ballard (above, doing “It All Started with a Beer” for Live at the Grand Ole Opry) began to make a name for himself with vibrant live sets opening for the likes of Bob Seger, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Florida Georgia Line. But he’s also released some impressive recorded material. A self-titled debut (stream it below) arrived in 2011, followed by Sunshine & Whiskey (stream it below), which Rolling Stone called “required listening,” three years later. Ballard returned last year with another full-length, El Rio (stream it below), and again Rolling Stone weighed in: “Frankie Ballard’s third album packs plenty of country-rock punch, with lyrics that reference Guns N’ Roses and songs that evoke the rootsy sweep of the American heartland.” Don’t miss him tomorrow night at The Bowery Ballroom. The Last Bandoleros open the show.