Sunshine & Whiskey

Sunshine & Whiskey

by Frankie Ballard



Michigan-born Frankie Ballard nonetheless has a voice straight out of Nashville, he possesses good to sometimes very good songwriting skills, and he's a pretty hot guitar player as well. Couple all of this with the fact that Ballard knows exactly the audience he's aiming for, which means hits on the radio, and you have the backdrop for his second album, Sunshine & Whiskey. Everything here would slot into a set on contemporary country radio as easily as a beer goes down on a country back road. There are plenty of those back-road beers, wild Friday nights, and romantic hits and misses -- all of which are becoming ubiquitous motifs on the contemporary country charts -- in Ballard's songs. It's when Ballard rises above the generic that he really shows what he's capable of, and gems like "Sunshine & Whiskey," a beautiful, joyous bounce-along alcoholic's love song if ever there was one, "It Don't Take Much," a wonderful piece of power pop country, and "Helluva Life," which, while it's riddled with country clichés, does it intelligently, find him sounding something like Tom Petty if Tom Petty was actually George Strait and grew up in Michigan. On the flip side, though, are formula-ridden songs like "I'm Thinking Country," which is too obvious an anthem wannabe to be anything but clichéd, and the harrowing and melodramatic "Don't Tell Mama I Was Drinking," which is just too heavy-handed to really be taken seriously. Still, most contemporary country fans should love this album, and there are tracks here where Ballard hits everything right, rising above the commercially generic with energy and intelligence.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/11/2014
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624939573
catalogNumber: 541278

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frankie Ballard   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Wurlitzer,Guitar (Nylon String)
Kim Wilson   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Dan Dugmore   Pedal Steel Guitar
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Tony Harrell   Hammond B3
David LaBruyere   Bass
Greg Morrow   Drums
Russ Pahl   Steel Guitar
Alison Prestwood   Bass
Tim Lauer   Organ,Harmonica,Piano,Keyboards
Marshall Altman   Percussion,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Troy Lancaster   Guitar
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
John Wilson   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Ilya Toshinsky   Banjo,Guitar (Resonator)
Tony Lucido   Bass
Rob McNelley   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Adam Shoenfeld   Electric Guitar
Jaren Johnston   Beat Box
Jedd Hughes   Electric Guitar
Ken Johnson   Background Vocals
Lisa Torres   Background Vocals
Jason Mowery   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Guitar (Resonator)
Jeremy Lutito   Bass,Drums
Laura Allen   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Luke Laird   Beat Box
Rich Redmond   Percussion
Helen Miles   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Danny Rader   Acoustic Guitar
Mike Johnson   Steel Guitar
Cassandra Lawson   Background Vocals
Wendel Burt   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Tawnie Shelton   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Sonya McDole   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Marlene Cooper   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Jean Arnellano   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Geneva Manchester   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Eddie Robinson   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Dean Riggi   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Colette Busch   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Cassidy Brown   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Carmen Plumb   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Anna Riggi   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Amanda Shelton   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Buddy Brock   Composer
Peter Coleman   Engineer
Scott Hendricks   Producer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Rhett Akins   Composer
David Lee Murphy   Composer
Kim Williams   Composer
F. Reid Shippen   Engineer
Marshall Altman   Producer,overdub engineer,Vocal Engineer
Alex Fortney   Art Direction
Jerry Laseter   Composer
Monty Criswell   Composer
Shane McAnally   Composer
Jaren Johnston   Composer,Programming
Michael Knox   Producer
Rodney Clawson   Composer
Jeremy Spillman   Composer
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Josh Kear   Composer
Travis Meadows   Composer
Luke Laird   Composer,Programming
Marcel Chagnon   Composer
Dallas Davidson   Composer
Marty Dodson   Composer
Frankie Ballard   Composer,Liner Notes
Jon Nite   Composer
Chris Tompkins   Composer,Programming

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