K99 Presents Frankie Ballard Live at the Boot Grill – New from Nashville [Free Concert]
K99 proudly presents a brand new live concert series, “New from Nashville!” Everyone knows that if you want to make a name for yourself on the country music scene, then Nashville is the place to be. Now we are bringing Nashville a little closer to home by inviting up and coming country music artists right here to Northern Colorado. All of these appearances will be 100% free to the public but there will be special perks for our Country Club Members along the way as well; if you’re not a member yet make sure to sign up for all of the upcoming exclusive opportunities.
Upcoming “New from Nashville” Performances
On Tuesday, September 24th at 5:30 PM “New from Nashville” continues at The Boot Grill in Loveland with a special appearance by Frankie Ballard. It’s been a little while but you may remember Ballard’s hit song “A Buncha Girls” that we played on K99; if not you can see the music video below. This is your chance to see him perform it live and 100% FREE!
Frankie Ballard’s transition from Michigan-based singer/guitar slinger to major-label recording artist was, by most standards, an enviable one. His debut album, Frankie Ballard, produced two Top 30 singles, “Tell Me You Get Lonely” and “A Buncha Girls.” He gained national media exposure, appeared on the Grand Ole Opry and played packed arenas opening for Kenny Chesney and on major tours with Taylor Swift and longtime idol Bob Seger.
But for Ballard, a music junkie with a restless spirit, there was still too big a gap between that first taste of success and the dreams he’d nurtured working 230 nights a year in crowded clubs back home. Call it a working man’s sense of mission, call it a gut check, but Ballard took time out to step back and to reassess where he’d come from and where he was going.
I was disappointed those two records weren’t bigger hits,” he says, “and I looked at everything that had gone into them.”
What was missing, he realized, was a blue-collar sense of crafting his own product from the bottom up, of putting his stamp on every step of the process. He decided to retool, looking for a like-minded producer.
I wanted to get somebody that would let me get my hands on the music,” he says. “I wanted to let it grow organically, to build tracks an instrument at a time and play a bunch on the record.”
His search led him to Marshall Altman, whose work with “bayou soul” singer Marc Broussard he was particularly fond of.
Marshall and I found a connection,” he says. “I quickly realized he was my kind of guy. He loves to work and to experiment. Sometimes we would just mess around with guitar tones, or I’d go, ‘Hey, man, I’ve got this little banjo part in my head’ and he’d go, ‘Go ahead, man, play it.'”
They would get together for late-night sessions he describes as “freeing. I was making music that was coming from deep within me. If I didn’t like something, we’d change it, and if we liked something, we’d chase it and try to get it perfect. It was an unbelievably cool experience.”
The first sign of magic from that collaboration is the single “Helluva Life.” It’s perfect summer uplift, a song about the magic inherent in small moments that can bring joy and perspective to modern lives with more than their share of challenges and big questions. We’ll look forward to hearing the single on Tuesday night!
Seeing that Frankie Ballard has already had some success, we do expect this New from Nashville show to attract a crowd. As always make sure to get to the Boot Grill early so you’re sure to get inside for the performance. If you haven’t heard “A Buncha Girls” yet, take a listen and see what you think!