Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Frankie Ballard
Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:18:28
Frankie Ballard will release Sunshine & Whiskey, his new album named after two things we love, on February 11.
We flipped the script and changed the questions this time out since Ballard is an interesting cat, and, well, we felt like it.
Twitter-size your bio -- your choice of 140 words or characters, if you want to get technical-- and tell us everything we need to know! GO!
Well, wow, that's not easy to do! Music is my whole life. You wanna know something about me, it's all music. Twitter, Facebook, social media? That's fans looking into the window of your offstage life. My offstage life looks like my onstage life. I am constantly trying to be creative. If I am not playing guitar, I am playing drums. How do I relieve stress? By playing drums. I'm always looking for inspiration, watching my heroes do what they love!
Pick ONE song on your record and share a writing or recording story. Something intimate, that you haven't told anyone else (or at least a bunch of writers or journalists) and that which puts us in the moment with you. Let's get intimate, shall we?
'Don't Tell Mama I Was Drinking.' I was over my publisher's on a Friday afternoon, about 5:30, having a glass of whiskey, talking deep, deep, back catalog songs that became lost and were never singles. He was playing some stuff, and he played it, it was written by Kim Williams, like 20 years ago.
A few people had cut it but it had never become a single. I never heard it. I never heard anyone do it. I thought, 'Wow, this is an incredible tune.' It sounded old school but it didn't matter. The song was amazing. I took a copy of it and thought, 'I had to have this tune,' and this was four years ago. I played it for my producer, for fun. He said, 'We should try and update this and make it your own and bring it to life.' So we horsed around with it, I sped up the tempo and worked on it. I knew we had to record it. The label thought it was a bit old school but I wanted to do it. We recorded it and I am so happy. People will listen to the album. It's the last song. They will get to it and go 'Wow.' I doubt it will be a single, but I want them to find that piece of sharp cheddar cheese at the end.
Finish this sentence: Frankie Ballard is the artist that...
...I will never sacrifice entertainment for any reason. The way I feel, the way the sound is, the way the crowd is. There are 10 people or 1,0000 people. There are two sides. Recording and playing it for people. Those are two different things. Two different headspaces, too. I pride myself on entertaining people who can listen from the comfort of home or car and who spend the money to the bar, club or arena, or wherever you are to see you. In that sense, Frankie Ballard is the artist that never...compromises the integrity of entertainment...That took a while.
Bonus question -- best thing about being from Michigan?
It goes back to music, a lot of it. It has such a blue-collar reputation and a hard-working reputation and I pride myself on that. Being from there has allowed me that. The music is rich. I have had people ask what do I know about country music being from Michigan, since people think Detroit, Motown, Bob Seger, Kid Rock and Stevie Wonder, and people who are rock 'n' roll. I am a huge Bob Seger fan. You can't help but be proud of it. People just do that. If you are from the same state, you attach yourself to it.
What's on the deck for 2014?
Touring, touring, touring. I never quit touring. I get in trouble if I am in Nashville too long. I am taking it to the people. In every form imaginable. Clubs, birthday parties, 15-passenger vans, Lear jets, all of it. It's all happening.
Will you be partaking in Sunshine & Whiskey?