New music is on the way from Frankie Ballard.
For his third album,
El Rio, the Michigan native chose to leave the comfort of Music City and record the album at the famed Sonic Ranch, outside of El Paso.
“I’m very proud of the work [producer] Marshall [Altman] and I did on
El Rio,” Frankie says. “We busted our ass to be better. It’s been a spiritual journey. This album has already changed my life, and nobody’s heard it yet.”
The album does include “It All Started With a Beer,” which was written by Neil Mason, Jeremy Stover
and The Cadillac Three’s Jaren Johnston, is at radio now.
“On the surface, it’s a love story about two folks meeting in a bar and having a beer,” Frankie says. “From there, the relationship blossomed into something long lasting and now they’re looking back, going, ‘Man, look at this great relationship we got, and it started so simply, with just a beer.’ So many people can relate to the idea. But also, one of the deeper meanings of that song is sometimes the biggest shit that happens to you in life doesn’t start in a big way. That makes me hopeful for the future.”
El Rio goes on sale June 10.