Since the release of his debut single “Tell Me You Get Lonely" back in 2011, Frankie Ballard has been making his mark on the country music scene. Unlike many of the young male artists in the genre, Frankie distinguishes himself as a heartland rocker, a musical style that infuses americana with rock and employs elements of country and folk. When referencing his latest album, El Rio, the talented songwriter describes his sound as a unique blend of music that has inspired him over the years. “It's just my own brand of American music," he says to Rolling Stone. “There's rock & roll. There's country stories and country lyrics and country songs. And there's a lot of blues swagger and blues guitar playing. It's all those things together."
Though he has been heavily touring around the states since his introduction into the Nashville music scene, Ballard still gets the greatest rush performing where his music career truly began. We were lucky enough to get a behind the scenes look into Frankie's recent trek back home and his performance at the State Theater in Kalamazoo. “I'd say after about 4 or 5 years of touring really hard around the country, I started to really miss home, miss my family and the people I had grown up with around here." Ballard says. “We started doing a show in Kalamazoo and coming back to the State Theater, a place where we played a lot coming up in the blues, it really started to become a special thing I looked forward to all year."
Get an exclusive behind the scenes look of Ballard's “homecoming" in the video below:
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