Frankie Ballard has been heating up the music scene – and just this week – debuted in the Top 5 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart with the release ofSUNSHINE & WHISKEY. The new project on Warner Bros Records also entered the Billboard Top 200 Chart at #35.
The guitarist-singer’s lead single, “Helluva Life,” has launched into the Top 5 on the Country radio charts this week and marks his fastest rising track to date. The infectious anthem has already sold more than 300,000 digital copies.
Tuesday night (2/18), Ballard performed full band for the first time at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. He treated the crowd to fan-favorites from SUNSHINE & WHISKEY including “Young & Crazy,” “It Don’t Take Much” and “Drinky Drink.” Ballard worked with producer Marshall Altman (Marc Broussard) on the 11-track album, which showcases his guitar prowess on every song. With a mix of up-tempo party songs and thought-provoking ballads, it’s no wonder that critics are flocking to the album.
“A predominantly mature set of songs from a guy who deserves to be heard.” -Country Weekly
“He’s got an appealing rock delivery, and the songs get more thoughtful as he goes along…” -USA Today
“Variety is a strength. The Michigan native doesn’t rely only on love stories or lonesome heartbreakers. He shows potential as a storyteller…” -Taste Of Country
“Alongside producer Marshall Altman, the two built this record note by note, instrument by instrument—fusing the energy of Ballard’s live show with the drive for musical excellence. And then there’s his killer good looks.” -Nashville Lifestyles
“Beyond vocals, Ballard puts his musicianship front and center on the album.” -CMT
“An undeniable summertime record. Rife with sunny, flowing melodies and booze-soaked revelry, the album is a mostly upbeat trip with a Michigan artist who sings like he has a huge smile on his face.” -Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
His exhilarating live shows and unique blend of edgy, country rock has garnered the attention of superstars Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift and Bob Seger, who selected the Battle Creek, Mich. native for coveted opening slots nationwide.