Frankie Ballard will head back to the UK and Europe this spring kicking off a tour in Belfast, UK with stops in Dublin, London and the Netherlands and wrapping in Germany. This is Ballard’s third trip to the UK and Europe in support of his recent album, “El Rio”, and last year he sold out his Amsterdam and London shows.
Ballard’s latest album “El Rio” was released on June 10th to critical acclaim including performances on both ‘The Today Show’ and ‘Live with Kelly’. The album was selected by Rolling Stone as one of the ’25 Best Country and Americana’ albums of 2016 and People Magazine and Entertainment Weekly also selected it as a “must” listen.
Recorded at the famed Sonic Ranch, just south of El Paso in Tornillo, Texas, Ballard, band, and producer Marshall Altman left the comfort of Nashville in exchange for the opportunity to immerse themselves 24/7 creating this unique and fresh album.
It’s a different kind of album for the Michigan-born, Nashville-based songwriter, filled with country-rock anthems that have more in common with the heartland heroes of Ballard’s youth — especially Bob Seger and John Mellencamp — than the outlaws and highwaymen whose names are so often cited by country music’s younger class,” Rolling Stone describes the album.
Frankie’s new take on the classic Bob Seger song and album’s new single, “You’ll Accomp’ny Me,” has been met with raves. Music Row declares, “His churning guitar work and earnest vocal give this golden goodie new luster” and Taste of Country has adds this version, ” brings the same blue collar grit that those who know it rely on; however, it stands alone as a unique recording.”
An esteemed guitar player as well, Ballard was recently selected by The Boot as one of the best guitar players, “everything about Ballard defies the norms of the format, including his exceptional guitar playing, which gives his songs a different vibe than those of any other artist currently in the genre.”
Frankie Ballard’s previous album, “Sunshine & Whiskey”, produced three consecutive no. 1 singles…the platinum-certified “Sunshine & Whiskey,” the gold-certified “Helluva Life,” and one of the Top 3 Billboard Country Airplay songs of 2015, “Young & Crazy.” Ballard has combined album sales and single|album streaming of over 450,000 to date with over 150 million total streams across all streaming platforms and 90 million streams at Spotify.
Ballard continues his electrifying set on the road in 2017 touring across the world.
Learn more about the making of “El Rio” here in this personal video: