Rusted Root rolls into Charleston, SC on 10/23

“Send Me On My Way” the familiar lyric runs through the speakers of my Macbook Air, the up tempo melody blended with flutes and an old fashioned washboard make for an iconic song that has been in commercials for several well known companies. Those may not know them by their name but they have the talent and originality to stand out from the rest. Rusted Root, originated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in which the group takes a blend of African, Latin American and Native American influences to create a one of a kind sound that has sold over three million albums world wide. 

They continue to take their one of a kind show on the road touring around the globe playing their signature hits. Michael Glabicki, the lead singer stated 

We can never leave a town without playing “Send Me On My Way”

which happens to be a fan favorite but also mentioning that even though their older music is popular they will be mixing in a few new songs off their upcoming album. 

Touring alongside Rusted Root is the Devon Allman Band, which if you haven’t recognized the last name….you should. Devon Allman is the son of Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers. Glabicki enjoys having Devon on tour with them stating 

“He has a great energy about him and he really gets the crowd going” 

Devon’s album “Ride or Die” debuted at #1 on the Billboard and iTunes charts. 

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Rusted Root and Devon Allman will be performing on 10/23 at Charleston Music Hall, marking their 4th stop in the last 5 years in the Holy City. Michael stated,

Charleston has a special and unique vibe. The people have a great connection to music and to our music. I can really feel it when we play. It feels real.

If you don’t live in the Charleston, South Carolina area check out one of their other upcoming tour stops! You don’t want to miss these guys!

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Ryan Lill Stripped Down

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Up and coming singer/songwriter Ryan Lill sat down with I’m All Ears Music Blog for an exclusive interview regarding his debut album “Breakdown” due out this fall. As an unsigned, independent musician, Ryan Lill has made quite a name for himself in the music world already, and with a full-length album coming out soon we have high hopes for the Charleston bred talent. His new album digs deep into his personal life, showing more of an emotional side to his writing than he has ever released before. The album follows several EPs with singles like “Coming Out,” “Stay Young,” and “Kerosene.”

Your new album comes shortly after a breakup, how did this change your aspect on life?

I’m not sure that my breakup made me change my aspect on my life per se, but it definitely changed how I felt, which changed how I write. I think that when you’re a writer you attempt to write what you know, whatever it is that you believe to be true, the things that you’re not really good at saying out loud but still need to say. So for me, anything that I go through in my life on a personal level, be it friendships, family, relationships, or ideas, I do my best to write what I feel. I’m still the same person I was, just different, and I think my music speaks to that.

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There were two songs on this album that may not have been difficult to write, but they were definitely difficult to finish. When I’m writing, I try my best to make it all makes sense, and sometimes, no matter how hard you try, it just doesn’t. You try and put your thoughts and ideas together so that there’s a story told, and sometimes there are just too many ideas rushing in at once, so you have to wait it out until things get more clear, or you just have to go with it and accept that it won’t be perfect.

The first of the difficult songs is “Whiskey,” because it’s unlike anything I’ve ever written before, not just lyrically, but musically. It’s such a personal one for me, but it’s actually my favorite song on this album. I think people will have lots of ideas on what the song actually means, but to me it’s just a cluster of memories. Like the smell of someone’s cologne that you’ve gotten used to, or a taste you remember that reminds you of a moment you shared with someone, or a pet peeve that you’ve come to love about another person. It’s not just a song about whiskey, it’s a song about falling in love with all the little things, even the bad ones.

The second song that I had a hard time with is a song called “Mercy.” I’ve realized that I’ve gotten really good at accepting my own personal mistakes recently, and I think sometimes I’m a little too harsh on myself, so this song kind of hit that nerve for me. Accepting your defeats, and accepting that you’re never going to be flawless or without blame is a hard thing to swallow for a lot of us. I don’t like dwelling on negative things, be them memories, words, or everyday feelings – so it was difficult for me to write about being vulnerable or hurt.

Why has it taken you so long to release new music?

Honestly, the only real reason that I have for not releasing music is that I am afraid. I always had been. I think when you’re writing something personal, or even if you’re making something that isn’t technically about you, it’s still personal, and releasing something like that to the world and taking the risk of people hating it is a little scary, and sometimes a little overwhelming. I’m not a perfectionist by any means, but when it comes to music, you can’t rush it. You can’t write what you don’t have the material to write about. I took time to live, discovering who I was as a person. I experienced things, and I was content in my life being a normal person. I’ve had moments in my professional career where I have discovered that I don’t want all of the things that come with being an artist – but I also realize now that I don’t have to. I don’t have to do or say anything I don’t want to, and I don’t have to be anyone that I’m not. As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that no matter what you do or what chances you take, there’s always a risk. There’s always going to be a negative side to anything you do, you just have to tell yourself it’s going to be okay, and know that you’re doing things for yourself. I’m just not afraid anymore. I’m not afraid to succeed, or fail.

Where do you see your music taking you? How far do you want to go?

That’s a really good question, and I wish I had an excellent answer for it, but I’m not sure I do. I have always dreamed of just being able to do music full time, and making enough money to support myself with it. I have never seen myself or imagined myself getting to “taylor swift status,” but I’ll take everything that comes my way, and try my best to remain as close to myself as I can. I just want a life full of music and adventure. I want to write music that people want to hear, and I want to be able to help people as much as I can. That’s my “dream.”

As a musician, I’m sure you have a certain musical taste. Who’s featured on your spotify playlist?

Shit, there’s so many. I’m kind of all over the place when it comes to music, so they range from top 40 to the most obscure indie music you can find. Currently some of my favorites are Pheobe ryan, Julian Baker, Tegan & Sara, Birdy, Josh Rouse, Mariah McManus, Betty Who, Oh Wonder, Death Cab for cutie, paramour, and a shit ton of other artists that I cant think of. My guilty pleasure lately has been Aly & Aj… yes, the Disney ones. I’m obsessed and its not as sad as you think, they’re seriously talented.

Who is one musician you would kill to record with?

Hmm, that’s tough. I can imagine recording with a ton of other musicians, all of different genres. I think right now I’d like to collaborate and write with Halsey. I’m seriously in love with everything she writes, how she performs, and just who she is as a human being. Of course, I’d also like to do a song with my girl Meghan trainor. We would seriously create some magic.

Some dream of performing at Madison square garden or Carnegie hall, what is one venue you have dreamt of performing at?

I have actually performed at Carnegie hall, and it was magical. I have always loved really intimate settings, where I can see every single person face to face. Its terrifying, and it sends this rush of adrenaline through me, and I love it. I still shake when I’m on stage, and I don’t ever want that to go away.

Anybody who follows you on social media, can clearly see that your posts are aiming towards being “positive,” what’s inspired that?

I think a lot of things have changed in my life lately, and I’m trying my best to keep up with myself, both mentally and physically. I’ve always believed in trying your best to be as kind and open as possible, but I understand that sometimes we all fuck up. We all get down on ourselves, we get mad, and we can be seriously hateful. I just think that life is difficult enough, and the only way to make it through is to do your best to be happy with yourself, and to treat people with respect and love. It may seem a bit corny, but it has to start with someone, so why can’t that “someone” be you?

1604447_10201213917538732_1805185489_nWith everything going on in the world today, do you think being gay has affected your career positively or negatively?

I’ve always hated this type of question, because I don’t think that it should matter at all, but I’ve also come to realize that it does. I’ve never claimed to be political, or an activist of any kind, but I realize that being gay and in an industry that puts you in the public eye – you become inherently political, whether you want to or not. Everything you say is either praised or hated, by everyone. So you can choose to not talk about being openly gay, or you can accept that you are, and that you’re still a human being. I have chosen to not only accept it, but to be proud of it. I don’t think it’s affected my career in a negative way at all. A lot of my fans are gay, and a lot of the venues I play are for lgbt events and rallies. If I can make one person who’s afraid to be who they are realize that it’s okay to be “different,” then I’m doing my job not only as a musician, but as a human being. That goes for anyone, straight, gay, bi, trans, etc. we’re all human, and we’re all capable of being who we are, without hurting other people.

What are the qualities you look for when you’re dating?

Haha, at this point, I’m not even sure. I think we all want someone who understands us, and wants us to be who we are, and loves us for it. I want that. I want someone who is proud to be with me, is proud of me, and isn’t afraid of that. I know that I can be a lot to deal with sometimes, and I’ve never claimed to be flawless, ever, but I think I’m a pretty decent catch. I just want someone who is who they are, and loves me for who I am as well. someone kind, funny, and able to be forgiving and honest when it counts.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten from another musician?

I’ve actually gotten a lot of advice from a lot of really great artists. I remember once downtown in Charleston, chely wright spoke at an lgbt event we were having, and I sang during the middle of it. Afterwards, I spoke to her for a while, and we ended up following each other and keeping up with one another on twitter and instagram. She’s spoken to me multiple times, and has told me to “stay true to who I am, and the music I want to create.”

In new york, Meghan trainor said the same thing to me. Not only that, but to “keep writing the music you write, and being who you are.” It’s the little things like conversations you have that truly stick to you. I’m happy to have met them both, and I’ve appreciated their friendships since. I will forever be a fan of the both of them.

You don’t seem like the type who is easily offended, but what’s one thing that really bothers you?

Contrary to popular belief, I get offended a lot, actually. I think I’ve become really good at containing my reactions until I’m calm enough to realize what the appropriate response is. I have feelings like everyone else, I’ve just learned to control mine a bit more. I think people say things in the heat of the moment sometimes without thinking. I don’t think that excuses what’s been said, but I think that being able to really sit on it, and think for a while before responding is the best thing to do. I’m a firm believer in saying what you feel like you need to say, but I think that things can be worded to be mean, and things can be worded to say exactly how you feel while considering the other persons feelings.

Do you have any advice to those who want to pursue a career in music or entertainment industry?

I’m not sure I’m the best person to give anyone advice, musician or not. I think the only advice I can give is to be yourself – be who you are through and through, and don’t let anyone walk over you, change who you are, or tell you that you’re wrong for being who you are. That’s it. Stay true to yourself, and do your best to be as kind and loving as possible. You never know what someone else has been through, and you never know what part of them you’re talking to . be nice. That’s about it.

 

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Lauren Shera dishes about album “Gold and Rust”

If you have an amazing ear for music then you know the amount of talented artists that are heading onto the musical horizon. Lauren Shera is no exception as she dives in head first with the release of her third album “Gold and Rust”. A California native transplanted in the heart of Nashville with huge aspirations for bigger and better opportunities. She’s shared the stage with a few of americana/indie genre’s top artists including Ray LaMontagne, Jason Mraz and Billy Bragg. Featured in some of the top music publications, she has been praised for her glorious and perfectly crafted music. According to Billboard, she’s an “Americana-Flavored” artist, whom I believe is setting the bar in the genre. 

Her inspiration for “Gold and Rust” transpired from her recent move to music city, stating “There was a lot of creative fuel at the time; I was packing up and leavi1410357186_frontng my home in California and a lot of really important memories and experiences behind. So I’d been writing and reflecting on all of that and on my surroundings there along the coast where I spent so much of my life.” When asked about her single “Hell’s Bells” and how it stuck out among other songs on the album she explained ” It sticks out to me because it’s such a loaded song; emotionally and sonically, I knew it had to pack a big punch. When you’re talking about things like blatant betrayal, loss of a trusted friend, and the pain that follows, you want to choose your words really careful. I wanted to be as calculated in my statement as I felt this person had been in their actions. Shooting the video was actually really fun and playful behind the scenes, and so it was a nice way to lighten the mood behind this very dark story.”

Since arriving in Nashville, she has been hard at work introducing new music but when there is time to unwind she is usually at “Home! Already this year I’ve been on the road so much that being at home with my sweetheart and my cats and my own bed just feels like something to cherish. But if I have to leave the house you can probably find me at Bongo Java fueling my coffee addiction, or at The Holland House Bar & Refuge for their yummy food and cocktails.”. 

“I’ve just fallen so in love with Nashville and the community here. Truly some of the best and hardest working people I’ve ever met are here, raising the bar for music by just being genuine and staying true to their art. It’s so far from the glitzy country music scene that is often painted of this city.” 

Her dream artist to share the stage with? “John Prine. He is one of the only artists I grew up listening to that is still out there making magic and I just love him so much. Every time I hear him play I just cry.” 

Shera dished about her favorite artists “Joni Mitchell because she really encompasses everything I strive for in terms of her music and her style. That’s a tough one though and depending on the day it could easily go to Dylan, Prine, Young, Van Zandt….the list goes on..” but she also went on to explain if it wasn’t for the music influences and the gift she encompasses she would most likely be attending Culinary School. She stated “Culinary school was always my plan B. I love cooking and baking and I would love to travel around learning how to cook food from all different cultures.” Boy would I love to see what she has going on the Kitchen, if it’s anything like her music I’m sure it’s a REAL treat. 

“I’m All Ears” also found something interesting out about Shera that no one really knows. She loves to write about the ocean because she is inspired by its presence by growing up on the Pacific Coast but she’s absolutely terrified to swim in it. She went on to say ” I absolutely refuse to go in no matter how clear or warm the water is. I can’t handle not knowing what’s beneath me!”. I know the feeling Lauren, I live on the East Coast in the city of Charleston, South Carolina and I love the presence of the ocean but I’m not a big fan of what’s in the ocean. 

She hopes that in the coming years “Having music be a means to travel and see new places is about as much as I could ask for. I just want to know that I can make records that will be heard, that I can go out and do a solid tour and have it be well received, and let that hold me over so I can also have the balance of being at home with my loved ones.” 

As a word to her fans and those who are intrigued by her music she states ” Thanks! Our culture is saturated with music and sometimes it feels like it’s hard to grasp on to one sound in all that noise. I’m always grateful to those who are willing to take a chance on something new and lend me their ears and their support”. 

Listen to Hell’s Bells below 

Keep on eye on Lauren Shera via Social Media as she rises to the top of her genre 

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Her album “Gold and Rust” available on iTunes today! 

Hawk Nelson dishes on album “Made”

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From old to new, there is always a transition in an artists’ or bands career. People grow apart and start a new journey on their own. Jason Dunn, who was the lead singer of Hawk Nelson decided to leave the band nearly two years ago leaving the three other members Daniel Biro, Jonathan Steingard, and Justin Benner to figure out where their career would go. Banding their hearts and minds together and focusing on their music they landed back on their feet and continued to grow as a three-piece band. Their new album “Made” is an album that will reach into your hearts and show you things can get better. There is time for finding yourself are all over again, and this was their time to showcase that feeling. 

Due to their busy schedule I spoke with Daniel Biro briefly about the album. With only five short questions, he gave us some insight into the album “Made” and how they were able to move forward without former bandmate Jason Dunn. 

What inspired the album “Made”?

We all have our ups and downs through life. In late 2011, Hawk Nelson’s former lead singer told us that he was moving on leaving the three of us wondering where that left us. Can we provide for our families and do we still have jobs? Is there purpose for Hawk Nelson moving forward and what does our identity as a band look like? Big questions that we had to wrestle with, but God was there before, during and still ahead of us, breathing new life and vision, in a sense, we are brand new band, “Made” anew. This is obviously a theme we can all relate with, and appropriate title for the album as you see bits and pieces of our story written throughout the album.

A Million Miles Away? What’s the song about?

If I’m honest, there’s things about me and my past I’m not proud of. I’m far from perfect. But God’s grace is bigger than me, and for that I’m grateful. Each day forward since I’ve accepted his Grace, well, all that junk of my past get’s further behind me…A Million Miles Away!

What has been the most exciting moment in your career?

Hawk Nelson has had the privilege of being in Television shows, Movies, and large festivals around the World. All of it has been an incredible journey stretched over eleven years. It may seem small in comparison, but the moment we decided to move forward as a three piece, and continue to be and grow Hawk Nelson, that probably trumps all glamour.

If you guys could collaborate with anyone who would it be and why?

We’ve had the chance to write with incredible artists from TobyMac to Bart Millard from MercyMe. Our lead singer Jon love to co-write with other artists and you’ll be seeing some of that in the future. As for shooting for the stars….Chris Martin of Coldplay?

Favorite Venue?

I tend to like the smaller venues, but that still offer good sound and production to the show attendees. We always remember The Service Station in Spokane, Washington.

Give me on word to describe your music/purpose?

Inspire.

 

You can keep tabs on what Hawk Nelson is doing by following the links below.

Twitter: @hawknelson

Facebook: www.facebook.com/hawknelson

YouTube: www.youtube.com/hawknelson

iTunes: Hawk Nelson

Website: www.hawknelson.com

“Wild and Free” singer/songwriter Nate Green sits down with “I’m All Ears”

unnamedA few months back I received an email from Corey Rice over at Aristo Media Group about a new upcoming artist who had just released his first music video for his single “Wild and Free”. With no hesitation I clicked opened the link to the video and was in awe by the craftsmanship and the overall product that was presented. Nate Green was now one of the guys who I just had to talk to for an exclusive interview. 

Nate Green who is originally from Kentucky came to Nashville to pursue country music at a whole other level. He’s not your typical twang “I just left my wife now i’m sitting on the back porch drinking a cold miller lite” type of artist. He takes his lyrics and twists them into a poppy country song that would even make the best country musicians proud. He reminds me of a new age Keith Urban, with catchy lyrics and showmanship that wows the ladies. 

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Sitting down with such a wholesome and musically determined person was definitely an honor. I hope you enjoy the look inside this rising star! 

  • How was shooting the music video for Wild and Free? It was incredible! It was my first music video, so I wasn’t expecting to be on a set for about 20 hours in the middle of the desert haha, but it was a great first experience.
  • What’s the best part about shooting music videos? Any perks you enjoy? Well, that was my first one, but as I have dived into a few more I would say the biggest perk is really seeing your vision come to life in a song. Since I write my own material, it’s pretty awesome seeing the entire transition from just a little idea of the song itself, to this huge production of its video – I would say that is what I love most.
  • Did you write Wild and Free? If so what was your inspiration for the song? Yes, I did! I based the song around the line that came to me first, which was “maybe we ain’t living well, but we’re living for ourselves and that’s life.” It’s about a reckless kind of love that makes sense in your life when nothing else really does. I wrote it from a ‘living on love’ standpoint, and it’s all about a time in your life when maybe the only thing going right for you is this relationship you’re in that allows you to feel wild and reckless while also experiencing a freedom you’ve never felt before. The song came to life both lyrically and instrumentally while I was traveling the world, and I think the fact that I was experiencing so many of those feelings while creating this track really helped add an honest and unique flair to the song.
  • Where do you see your place in country music? That’s a good question. I think all the greats have kind of made their own space in the format, done something different to really stand out and present their own kind of country music. I think, and hope, that my upcoming music it will really stand out here in town because of the risks involved in creating it. I definitely want to be known as a risk taker and the kind of artist that you can never anticipate what I’m going to do next.
  • What’s your favorite venue to play in Nashville? 12th and Porter!
  • What country artist do you look up to? I really admire Keith Urban. His writing skills and talent just blow my mind, and I most definitely want to have longevity in my career like he does.
  •  When are going to release the album featuring Wild and Free? Soon! It’s in the works, and I can’t wait until my fans hear it!
  • Was music part of your childhood or did you acquire music as you got older? It was always part of my childhood, but as I got older I began to understand my calling for it. Right out of high school, I would say, is when I couldn’t ignore my passion for it.
  •  If you could describe your music in one word what would it be and why? Shocking – I think at first listen, it’s a lot to take in. There can be so many blends of instruments or sounds that you haven’t necessarily heard together that will throw you for a loop. Whether its the melody, or lyrics or the overall sound of the song, it’s a different kind of Country music and at first listen it may surprise you!

You can check out the music video for “Wild and Free” below

Also, check him out on social media 

Twitter: @nategreenmusic

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nategreenmusic 

Website: http://www.nategreenmusic.com

Emerson Hart: Exclusive Interview

Emerson Hart made his start with the alternative rock band Tonic which are known for the hit songs “Open Up Your Eyes” and “If You Could Only See” in the late 90s. Since the breakup of the band Hart has developed as a solo artist releasing two albums, one in 2007 and one in April of 2014 which included the single ” The Best That I Can Give”. 

Emerson Hart took the time out of his busy schedule to sit down with “I’m All Ears” Music Blog to talk about his solo career and the man behind the music. Please note that the interview questions were sent to Hart’s PR contact before the release of his album, and some questions may show that. Sorry it took so long to post it, things have been pretty hectic. Here’s what Mr. Hart had to say.

Taylor: Your new album is releasing on April 15th, anything big planned for the release?

Emerson: I will be touring this record so I don’t have any huge plans for release day. I will do something special in Nashville but still working on that.

Taylor: How long did it take you create the album?

Emerson: As far as recording goes it took a little under a year as we would take breaks to live with it. The writing part is a collection of keepers(songs I felt told the story) from when I toured cigarettes and Gasoline till now.

Taylor: What’s your favorite song on the album?

Emerson: Thats a hard one….Probably “You Know Who I Am” and “Hurricane”

emersonhartbyandreabehrendsTaylor: “The Best That I Can Give” is one of the songs on your album, does it represent an event that happened in your life?

Emerson: Everything I write represents something that i live through or see happen in my life. I carried a lot of baggage from my last relationship into my current one and it nearly destroyed it. I won’t ever let that kind of fear ruin my future again. In the end the song says goodbye but it really says drop the past and fight for the now.

Taylor: What are your musical influences and how have they shaped the kind of music you like to write and perform?

Emerson: I grew up with older sisters so its really a mix of hard rock and early 80’s pop. I was lucky to be exposed to a lot of great music and I try not to get stuck in a music rut. There is always new music to find.

Taylor: How many albums have you released so far in your career?

Emerson: Five Tonic records and this is my second solo record so its a solid 7

Taylor: What artist would you like to work with the most and why?

Emerson: Tom Petty. I love his process.

Taylor: Have you ever had a song in a movie, tv show, etc? What movie or tv show would you like seeing your music on?

Emerson:between Tonic and my cigarettes and gasoline release I have had a lot of song placement’s. Very lucky for that. I love movies and I love TV and I am always amazed at how the marriage of music can really move you. I Love the show the Blacklist and would love to get some thing on there.

wxb8Taylor: What is your favorite venue to play at?

Emerson: That really depends? I Love small theaters and listening rooms.

Taylor: If you could describe your music in one word, what would that word be?

Emerson: webster says the third definition of “Experience” is “the conscious events that make up an individual life”….I go with that for now.

Check out Emerson Hart and his music by heading over to his website http://www.emersonhart.com or by finding him on twitter and Facebook by keyword searching Emerson Hart. 

“Helluva Life” Singer Frankie Ballard sits down with I’m All Ears

It’s been one Helluva journey for country singer/songwriter Frankie Ballard who’s song “Helluva Life” reached number 1 on the Country Airplay Billboard chart  this past week. A good ole’ country boy from Battle Creek, Michigan whose favorite baseball team is the Detroit Tigers is only getting started with his career and is expected to release his album titled song “Sunshine and Whiskey” to radio within the next couple months. 

frankieballard-x600Ballard’s passion for music developed while attending Western Michigan University. By the time he graduated college, he was playing over 200+ gigs a year and excelling at a craft that most would crash and burn at. In 2008, Ballard entered Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star Competition in Michigan where he eventually went on to win and the rest was history. Ballard initially was signed with Reprise Records but in 2013 he switched over to Warner Music Nashville where he recorded his second album “Sunshine and Whiskey”. 

Frankie took some time out of his busy touring schedule to talk to me about his number one song and his experiences so far. Read the interview below

IMAE: You were recently named an “Honorary Friends and Family Member” of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, how does that feel? 

FB: Oh it’s such an honor, that place is so prestigious and it’s a really cool program they have going on over there ay know. I get some VIP tours,  I get to take my family in there, it’s a really cool deal. 

IMAE: Your song “Helluva Life” is your first #1 song, did you ever lose faith in your music at the beginning of your career when things didn’t go as planned? 

FB: No, actually I was frustrated that things weren’t connecting as I hoped they would but I never lost faith in my music. I’ve always tried to make the best music I can, as honest as I could be in the lyrics and I knew if kept at it and kept working hard and kept trying that eventually  it would work out. 

IMAE: Is “Helluva Life” about your own life’s experiences? 

FB: It is very parallel with the journey i’ve been on, ya know the ups and downs of the music business, my career and my life too in general. I knew that it would be that way for alot of people too, those themes “the bad times make the good times better”  I knew that it would be true for alot of people and it has been. I’ve seen people connecting their own stories and their own journeys with the lyrics of the song. I hope it gives people hope and as well as to keep going. 

frankie-ballard-4-2014cdcvr-hIMAE: “Helluva Life” was featured on ABC’s Nashville, how was it hearing your song on the show? 

FB: It’s cool, out of all the things i’ve done in my career so far i’ve received the most text messages from my friends and family about that. Everybody thought I really made since my song was on Nashville so it was really cool. 

IMAE: Since releasing your album, “Sunshine and Whiskey” what has been the most exciting thing to happen to you? 

FB: Oh definitely the song going number one, we knew the song was doing really well but we didn’t know if it would hit the top of the charts but when we found out that it was going to hit the top it was definitely exciting. 

IMAE: How about the weirdest fan experience?

FB: Oh ya know, i’ve had some panties thrown on stage. I’ve had some good fan experiences, I hate to call them weird because they are my fans and I love them for who they are. 

IMAE: What were some of your musical influences growing up? 

FB: Well I was a big outlaw country music fan like Johnny Horton, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams Jr. and all the stuff that everyone loves but I’m also big into southern rock like the Almond Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and of course Bob Seger. 

IMAE: You’ve been on tour with Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift and Bob Seger, out of those three who do you relate to the most and who was the most fun to be around?

FB: Oh probably Seger because i’m such a big fan of his songs, his recordings, his voice and like some of those tunes like “Against The Wind” if that came out today it would have to be on country radio.  As for the most fun, I’d have to say Taylor Swift because her fans are so incredible and have so much energy. 

IMAE: If your willing to divulge any details, what will be your next song pushed to radio?

FB: I’d be happy to tell you…..that it’s going to be the album title “Sunshine and Whiskey”

IMAE: Who on the radio now has songs that makes you want to get up and dance? 

FB: I really love what Kacey Musgraves is doing right now, I like all of her music. I think she’s pretty dang good. 

IMAE: When your not touring or in the studio what are some things you enjoy doing? 

FB: Ya know I like to get a good workout in whenever I can, I like to get a couple good meals in me everyday but most of the time it is all about music. I like playing drums, I love becoming a better guitar player, I love writing songs, I love being on the road and touring, messing around with my gear guitars, pedals, amps and things like that. I’m mostly music 24/7, yeah baby. 

IMAE: I’m headed to Nashville next week, any suggestions on where to go?

FB: Definitely check out the Hall of Fame, catch a show at the Grand Ole Opry and there is a boot store downtown that gives you a pretty good deal buy one get two free…I wouldn’t pass that up. 

You can follow Frankie Ballard and his music career by clicking on any of his social media links: 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/frankieballard 

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/frankieballard 

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/frankieballard 

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sunshine-whiskey/id792892065

 

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