Sunshine & Whiskey

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/11/2014
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624939573
  • Catalog Number: 541278
  • Sales rank: 8,473

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frankie Ballard Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, 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
Marshall Altman Producer, Digital Editing, overdub engineer, Vocal Engineer
Alex Fortney Art Direction
Jerry Laseter Composer
Monty Criswell Composer
Shane McAnally Composer
Andrew Mendelson Mastering
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
Peter King Digital Editing
Marcel Chagnon Composer
Dallas Davidson Composer
Reid Shippen Engineer
Marty Dodson Composer
Frankie Ballard Composer, Liner Notes
Jon Nite Composer
Chris Tompkins Composer, Programming
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