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Frankie Ballard

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Frankie Ballard’s authentic country voice and exceptional guitar skills have made him one of the most promising up-and-coming artists in country music. The Michigan native first came to prominence by winning Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star competition in 2008, and signed with Reprise Records in 2010. He released his self-titled debut album in 2011, and promoted two singles from it, but it wasn’t until 2014’s ‘Sunshine & Whiskey’ that he really broke through at country radio. He scored hits with the title song, “Helluva Life” and “Young & Crazy,” and recently released “It All Started With a Beer,” the lead single from his upcoming third studio album, ‘El Rio.’

  • Full Name: Frank Robert Ballard IV
  • Birth Date: Dec. 16, 1982
  • Top Songs: "Sunshine & Whiskey," "Helluva Life," "Young & Crazy"
  • Did You Know? Ballard played college baseball for Western Michigan University.
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Headliners Announced for Headwaters Country Jam 2017

Chris Young, Randy Houser and Frankie Ballard have been announced as the headliners for the 2017 Headwaters Country Jam, set to take place in Montana in June.

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Frankie Ballard Says ‘Cigarette’ Shows Who He Really Is

Frankie Ballard is not a cookie-cutter country artist. Fans know that now more than ever thanks to his new single “Cigarette,” which the artist says is more representative of his true musical style and the rest of his record, El Rio, than his first release “It All Started with a Beer."

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Frankie Ballard, ‘Cigarette’ [Listen]

Frankie Ballard's "Cigarette" represents who the singer truly is and where he's headed. The song is raw, guitar-driven and daring. Fans can argue if it's his best ever or not, but it's definitely his most honest single of the seven he's released to country radio.

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Frankie Ballard Fought Urge to Turn ‘Star Spangled Banner’ Into ‘Purple Haze’

After Frankie Ballard opened the CMA Music Festival with the National Anthem, he fought an urge to keep on going.

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Frankie Ballard Throws Back at ToC Fest 2016

Onstage, Frankie Ballard dresses like a retro rockabilly star, and he's got the musical chops to back it up.

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Frankie Ballard Says Recording ‘El Rio’ Was the ‘Experience of a Lifetime’

Frankie Ballard's third studio album, El Rio, is officially out! The stylish singer stopped by the Taste of Country Nights studio and told us about his pretty interesting time recording the album in Tornillo, Texas. He called it the "experience of a lifetime."

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Album Spotlight: Frankie Ballard, ‘El Rio’

Frankie Ballard absolutely accomplishes what he set out to do with El Rio, his third studio album.

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Country Stars Confess Secret Misdeeds to Mom for Mother’s Day

We all have that one thing we did in high school, elementary school — or maybe even last week — that we kept from mom. So do your favorite country stars, like Carrie Underwood, Frankie Ballard and Sam Hunt!

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Frankie Ballard Announces More Tour Dates in Europe

Following a successful stint in Europe earlier this year, Frankie Ballard has announced that he will be heading back overseas this fall for a 10-date tour.

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Frankie Ballard Reveals Brooding ‘El Rio’ Album Cover

Frankie Ballard shows off his brooding smirk in his new album cover for El Rio, his upcoming third record.

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