For Ballard, who scored three consecutive #1singles off Sunshine & Whiskey — "Helluva Life," the title track & "Young & Crazy" — it was imperative that he leave behind the safety of Nashville for the wilds of the Mexico border. The change of scenery worked. Ballard has created an urgent, thriving record, a project that showcases Frankie the artist. It's the type of album his heroes like Bob Seger & the Rolling Stones made, a collection of 11 songs with a sonic through-line, driven along by swagger, but also respect for the music. If Ballard has an endgame, it's the longevity of someone like Seger, a career that continues well into the future and transcends any genre.
Coming from a family with deep musical roots, the Stoney Creek Records’ artist, Lindsay Ell, started playing piano & guitar at a very early age. The Calgary native was discovered at 13 by BTO & The Guess Who's Randy Bachman ("American Woman," "Takin' Care Of Business").
Because it is rare, she knows her six-string prowess is not the only focal point, but an accent to her vision as an artist. Having spent a decade learning about the music industry from the front of a stage, Lindsay Ell is more than ready for the next step – however big or small. Ell has been writing for years and, since moving to Nashville, has found how best to communicate who she is. The new-and-comer is comfortable in a conference room with six people or onstage opening in front of thousands. She says, “both are exciting and a little humbling.”
Tickets to all three concerts go on sale Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. via etix.com or by phone at 800-514-3849.