High Notes: Frankie Ballard

Witnessing a show at the West Hollywood country bar Whisky A Go Go is a live experience so real and raw, that you might feel like you know the artist personally after leaving. But not just anyone can capture a crowd like Frankie Ballard did last night, November 9, and we're here to give you the High Notes.

The dark and intimate venue is classic country, and the perfect place for a country rockstar like Ballard to make his mark. Opening strong, the Michigan native came out singing his radio hit “Young & Crazy" to a very eager crowd. The country rocker than moved seamlessly into “Little Bit of Both," a track off his latest studio album El Rio. Without missing a beat, he pulled out a heartfelt cover of “Big River," a heartbreak ballad written and recorded by one of his earliest influences, Johnny Cash.

Following some classic Cash, it was back to Ballard's originals. Cheers erupted during the first chords of “Started With a Beer," a love song with a much happier story than the song it followed. “Freight Train" was up next, followed by a pairing of songs, “El Camino" and “Cigarette," the first two tracks off El Rio, performed in that order. The room was rocking hard before slowing down with an older tune of his.

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Artist: Frankie Ballard. Photo: Chris Molina, MegaCountry

“Helluva Life," the first single from his breakout 2014 album Sunshine & Whiskey, was the next to grace the setlist, and had fans, recent and longtime, singing along with every word. One of his signature songs was a perfect segue into what Ballard himself has called one of his favorite tracks to perform live, “Good as Gold." The classics performed next, “Try Try Try," bridged by an Elvis medley into Bob Seger's “You'll Accompany Me" are seemingly the artists nods to the men that inspired and encouraged his musical career.

Winding down the show with a couple more of his hits, “Sunshine & Whiskey" followed by the venue appropriate track off El Rio, “L.A. Woman." Playing up to his LA crowd, he closed out the show with some Doors, rocking just as hard as his did when first taking the stage.

Seeing this man under the lights, there's no question as to whether or not he's doing what he loves. Attending a Frankie Ballard show is a guaranteed good time, his energy is too contagious not to reach you. See for yourself what we're talking about in our exclusive gallery from last night's show!