Frankie Ballard Rocks Second-Ever George Dickel Porch Sessions
Frankie Ballard visited Tullahoma, Tenn., on Saturday (June 24) to headline the second ever George Dickel Porch Sessions. The new summer-long music series, about 90 minutes southeast of Nashville at the George Dickel Distillery grounds, announces concerts sporadically, launching with country duo Maddie & Tae in May.
Ballard was the second artist to perform in the intimate backyard setting in front of a sold-out show of hundreds of up-close fans, as well as his opener, Trea Landon, who played on the porch near the George Dickel General Store.
Ballard played to the party crowd, opening the show with his anthem "Drinky Drink" from 2014's Sunshine & Whiskey. Whether it was from their 100-plus lawn chairs or the front row, many Ballard fans sang along to the good vibe, fix-that-broken-heart song.
"Well you might find love / Or maybe just a good time / But you won't know baby till you get out the house / Get a little drinky drink and turn it up loud / Tequila, a little salt, a little lime / They say you can't a drown a broken heart but guess what / You can damn sure try."
Plenty of 'drinky drinks' were being served at the event, with special George Dickel concoctions on tap, and Ballard made sure to give a number of shout outs to the Tennessee whiskey between hit songs such as "Young & Crazy" and "Helluva Life." The band also jammed surprise covers of Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" and "Hound Dog" by Elvis, among others.
A number of songs from 2016's El Rio were also sprinkled in the set including "Cigarette," Bob Seger cover "You'll Accomp'ny Me," "A Little Bit of Both" (which Chris Janson also cut on June 2017's Fix a Drink EP) and "It All Started with a Beer," which Ballard prefaced with: "I've got to get this one out of the way because it's about beer. I figured I'd get this out of the way before we get too much Dickel in us and can't look back. This song is inspired by true love. I'm talking about true love that lasts, forever and forever. So if you're in love out there, that inspires me. This one's for you."
Ballard closed the 90-minute set with his feel-good hit "Sunshine & Whiskey" and as he marched offstage, many in the audience greeted the band on the side stage for casual conversation.
As stated earlier, the George Dickel Porch Sessions make sporadic announcements about their concerts, but the next one, performer to be announced, will be held in August. Fans can find ongoing updates and purchase upcoming tickets via dickelporchsessions.com.
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